Date of Award
MA Museum Professions
Communication and the Arts
Gregory Stevens, M.A.T.
Renee Robinson, Ph.D.
McKenna Schray, Ph.D.
museums and climate change, collections care and climate change, museum disaster preparedness
As stewards of cultural heritage, museums have the responsibility to protect their collections from increasing climate change risks. Literature revealed that though cultural heritage sites are threatened by climate change, museums lack sufficient climate change adaptation strategies. In response, this study examined how museums can create effective climate change adaptation strategies. Through a qualitative comparative case study of the Getty Center and Newark Museum of Art and content and textual analyses, the study identified key themes of institutional mission, values, and policies, research, education and training, physical prevention, and collaboration as requirements for successful adaptation. Informed by these themes, a series of recommendations for the creation and implementation of climate change adaptation strategies are presented.
Gombas, Elyse, "Through Fire and Water: Protecting Museum Collections Against Increasing Climate Change Risks" (2021). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2895.