Reply To: replicas in museum exhibits

Kaia Landon

These days, we rarely display an original document or photograph unless it is for a short temporary exhibition. (And even then we’re more likely to display a good quality reproduction of the photograph, since we then have more options – stick it in a nice frame, mount on foam core, etc.)

We do not have replicas made of 3D objects, although we have a non-accessioned 19th century (not from our geographic area but very similar to what was worn) dress on display, with the idea that it can be on display forever, and what light damage will occur to it is okay. Under normal museum lighting conditions I wouldn’t be too concerned about a wooden desk. (If it’s being touched or there are other concerns that might be a different story, but assuming it’s not literally going to be on display forever, it’s probably okay.)