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Why We Don't Touch

As part of the museum’s mission to preserve and protect art for the enjoyment of future generations, we look at art; we do not touch it.

Our hands contain harmful oils that react to the surface of sculpture, furniture, and paintings. Those oils corrode the surfaces of objects and lessen the life expectancy of the art. If we all touched the art that we love, there would be little left for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. Please be responsible and thoughtful: don’t touch the art, and don’t climb up on pedestals or platforms. These exist to protect the objects.