Museums & Cultural Institutions

Museums & Cultural Institutions

Preserve the fine art of clean air in museums and other cultural institutions. Our high-efficiency particle filters can help you conserve sensitive objects – and preserve the health of staff and visitors – for generations to come.

The very existence of museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions depends on their ability to preserve and protect historical items. These items would otherwise be lost or destroyed in a natural environment. 

Why good air quality in cultural institutions is vital

But many objects face the risk of deterioration – and irreversible damage – from internal and external sources of contaminants like dust, gas, chemicals, light and humidity.

Good indoor air quality also benefits staff and visitors, who might be affected by breathing difficulties or eye irritation.

High-quality HVAC systems with an air filtration system that can eliminate tiny particulates are therefore vital to preserving the health of museum workers and visitors, as well as your priceless collections.

Contaminant sources in galleries, libraries, archives and museums

Internal and external sources of contaminants include:

  • Nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone from vehicle exhausts and other combustion processes in the outdoor air
  • Formic and acetic acid from the artefacts themselves, including paper, wood, cinematic recordings, furniture and other cellulose-based materials
  • Cleaning agents, paints, sealers, varnish
  • Human particle shedding
  • Current ventilation systems, which can cause dust-bound metals to enter the air
  • High ozone emissions from flash photography
  • Dust, dirt and particles caused by moving or cleaning the works

Protect and preserve your artwork and public health

With the combined knowledge of conservationists and ventilation system experts, you can select the best combination of filters to achieve a controlled environment, even with limited resources. 

As a leading expert in molecular filtration, Camfil can help with your air filtration strategy. We have designed and supplied activated carbon filtration systems to preserve treasures found in prestigious museums and galleries around the world, including the Uffizi in Florence, the British Library in London and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

Our air monitoring services can determine the exact nature of your building’s pollutants. We consider the types of artifacts and collections stored in your facility and help you to implement the right solutions.