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The Shapell Center

Building and Preserving the Collection of Record

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The Museum’s Collections are permanently housed at the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center. This state-of-the-art facility features highly specialized laboratories and climate-controlled environments where a wide variety of media are treated and preserved. The Shapell Center serves as a hub of activity supporting acquisitions, education, and scholarship to ensure that future generations will continue to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and learn from their history to build a better future.

Preserving a collection as vast and varied as ours poses a unique set of challenges. Foremost among them is that many of the items were never meant to last and are at great risk of deterioration. World-class conservators, with specialties in paper, photographs, textile, and object preservation, work to stabilize and extend the life of all objects in the collection while retaining their historical provenance so they reveal an authentic representation of what transpired during the Holocaust. The Museum is recognized as a world leader in the preservation of perishable artifacts and is a model for other institutions dealing with objects of trauma.

Research at the Shapell Center

The Museum is moving its historical collections and institutional records to the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center. There may be disruptions in access to some collections from August 2016 until May 2017 as we pack and move to the new building. If you have questions about conducting research at the Shapell Center or when certain materials will be available, please contact our Reference Desk.

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