Maintaining a cold storage area for collections can be a challenge for museums; to preserve certain materials for the long term often means increases in energy and operational costs. This session brings together perspectives from an NEH-funded study aimed at achieving these competing goals for the Minnesota Historical Society’s cold storage. Experts from sustainability, HVAC, conservation and architecture will present their views on the results and process that aligned competing goals.


  • Shengyin Xu
  • Michele Pacifico
  • Sarah Sutton
  • Rebecca Ellis