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 Saving your treasures


Toys have played an integral part in society. Toys and dolls are among the most complex objects to care for in a museum or personal collection. Toys have been made from a variety of materials such as wood, textiles, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass and ceramics.

Preserve Metal Toys Still in Use:

  • Metal corrodes with moisture.
  • Bring inside when raining.
  • Clean periodically.
  • Coat with paste wax.

Plastic Toys          Army Men

Dolls, toys, games, and other play things are cared for by objects conservators.

More Resources (pdf)
Caring for Iron Alloys

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.


Preservation Principles

Types of Material

Types of Objects
   Books / Bibles / Scrapbooks
   Works of Art
   Textiles / Clothing / Uniforms

   Tools / Mechanical / Instruments
   Dishes / Glassware / Silverware
   Native American Items
   Natural History Specimens

More Resources
   Preservation Documents  (pdfs)
   Glossary of Terms
   See what we've done

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