Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
Preservation and Restoration
ImageThe collections from the National Museum are part of the Nation's Cultural Heritage. They are the legacy that all of us, Costa Rican citizens, share. However, it is shared with people beyond our frontiers and that is the reason why we can consider it as humanity heritage.

A museum's collections become its core essence. Investigation and preservation are carried out onto them to set their exhibitions. Each item collected tells us a story about the work and viewpoint that characterize a group of people. It sends us back to what we have been and is a footprint in the path from yesterday towards today. It is, therefore, understandable why preservation and restoration play a prominent role among museum activities.

ImageOur institution has the duty to preserve the building, named “Historic and Architectonic Heritage,” as well as the collections in ideal conditions and grant them with the most appropriate preventive and corrective preservation methods so that their value remains intact.

Performing adequate techniques on effects brings out their esthetic quality and they can be used as a source of information and even as a formative tool because they can become objects of study. As a consequence, special preservation treatments and an appropriate storing and study place become crucial.

ImageWe work currently with all kinds of collections: ceramic, lithic, bone, seashell, jade, wood, archaeological, resin, polychrome sculpture, imagery, stone sculpture; easel, watercolor, charcoal, and pastel paintings; engraving, paper, metals (gold, silver, alloys, copper), and textiles.

To date, the area of Conservation of the Department for the Protection of Cultural Heritage has been able to acquire materials and equipment and has encouraged training its staff in the country and overseas so that they update their knowledge and have become specialists in their own fields.

The Department for the Protection of Cultural Heritage also gives external counseling on preventive and corrective preservation of cultural chattels by means of cooperation agreements or written requests.