Scope

As time passed, officials at the Metropolitan Museum of Art realized that while the massive skylights provided an inviting environment for visitors they were also causing damage to centuries-old artifacts and treasures in the internationally known Hall of Armor.

Goal

The sunlight streaming through these skylights was causing significant “solar fade” and would eventually damage the armor and tapestries. If not addressed, museum visitors would eventually be deprived of viewing items in their finest condition.

Achievement

CHB’s staff worked closely with museum officials and applied solar film that would protect these treasures while not compromising the bright and inviting environment created by these skylights. CHB has implemented similar strategies at several Smithsonian locations in New York City and Washington DC.