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Lesson 3 : Taking Care of Art / Part 1: Threatened Treasures

Threatened Treasures

Because artworks can carry special meaning, some people are willing to do a lot to take care of them.

As time passes we get new things and run out of room to store old things.

Old things get lost and fall apart.

We spill on them. Insects, fires, floods and even sunlight can damage our treasures.

Accidents happen.

It takes time, money, and effort to save and protect or repair the things we care about. There is not enough time, money, and effort in the world to save everything that everyone values. So people have to make choices about which things are important enough to save and which are not.

People establish historical museums and art museums, in large part, to save and protect things they care about.