Museum Receives Grant For Collections Conservation & Maintenance

Museum curator Ryan Hyman uses the newly-acquired ultra-filtered Nilfisk museum vacuum cleaner (Photo courtesy of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum)

Museum curator Ryan Hyman uses the newly-acquired ultra-filtered Nilfisk museum vacuum cleaner (Photo courtesy of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum)

MORRISTOWN — Macculloch Hall Historical Museum recently received a grant that enabled the purchase of a specialized museum vacuum cleaner for object cleaning and conservation.

The new machine, a variable-speed, high-efficiency, ultra-filtered Nilfisk museum vacuum cleaner, is used to perform routine museum housekeeping as well as specialized conservation functions. The high level of filtration this machine provides, capturing 99.97% of particles up to 0.3 microns, has substantially reduced the amount of particulate re-released into the air and onto collections objects. Variable speed settings ensure the vacuum turned to very low permits professional curatorial staff to safely and gently clean upholstered collections, furnishings and hangings. Airborne particulates should be minimized in museum settings; they can be difficult to remove from delicate collections objects and can cause substantial damage over time.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum has an exceptional collection of fine and decorative arts gathered by its founder, W. Parsons Todd in the 1950s. Ten period room settings feature textbook examples of 18th and early 19th century porcelain, furniture, silver, presidential memorabilia. Three changing galleries, including one dedicated to showcasing the largest collection of original Thomas Nast artwork in the United States, allow the Museum to present to the public superlative examples of several artistic disciplines in an intimate setting.

The grant was administered by the Morris County Heritage Commission for the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Grant funding for collections care and support is important to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum at all times, but particularly during challenging economic conditions. Many museums face difficult choices when reduced income can result in lower levels of support for their collections – an irony considering many museums were established to preserve a collection. The Museum is very grateful to its grantors, members, donors and friends for their continuing support which allows the site, collections, changing exhibits and gardens to remain available to the visiting public to learn from and enjoy.

For information about the museum, call 1-973-538-2404 on weekdays or visit


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