Collections Management Workshop for the Natural History Museum of Oman
February 23-27, 2013, Muscat, Oman
The Natural History Museum of Oman opened at its current location on 20 December 1985, not quite 30 years ago. The young museum consists of a scientific collection and exhibit spaces with examples of indigenous plants, insects, mammals and birds. The current staff of four Museum Specialists has been taking outstanding care of the scientific collections with the means they have. But, with a new Natural History Museum under construction, they needed assistance in updating their practices for the modern space.
Carol Butler, Assistant Director for Collections NMNH, Christina Gebhard, Museum Specialist, Division of Birds NMNH; and John Simmons, President of Museologica and expert in fluid preserved collections, traveled to Oman February 20-28th to assist the Oman Natural History Museum with collections assessment and care initiatives. This was the third consultation trip the Smithsonian has taken to Oman.