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Packing, Moving and Shipping

Sample Documents

American Alliance of Museums

AAM provides Tier 3 museum members with sample courier policies.

Packing Museum Objects for Moving

Arts Council England

The Arts Council England provides a useful tool to help museum professionals assess and learn how to pack and move museum objects.


Preparation, Art Handling and Collections Care Information Network

PACCIN, shares information about packing, crating, shipping, rigging, storage, installation, mount making, exhibition fabrication, and technical and material updates.

How Do I House Glass Plate Negatives?

National Archives & Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provides procedures for housing glass plate negatives.

Handling and Shipping Cellulose Nitrate Film

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) offers a Conserve O Gram (PDF) on handling and shipping cellulose nitrate film.

Retrofitting a Moving Van to Transport Museum Collections

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) offers a Conserve O Gram (PDF) with tips for retrofitting a moving van for transporting museum objects.

Packing and Shipping Paper Artifacts

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has a technical leaflet on packing and shipping paper artifacts. It reviews shipping options and instructions for flat paper, rolled objects, books, and objects framed under glass.

Moving The Museum

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Learning Division of the Science Museum of Minnesota undertook the Herculean task of packing and moving the museum’s collections. Download the full published book: Moving the Mountain: the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Guide to Moving Collections.

Moving, Packing and Shipping Furniture

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute offers guidance on packing and moving furniture.

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