VIDEO: Federal grant will help protect Winterthur's art collections

You might like to keep cool when touring a museum, but it's more important for the art that's in it. That's why Winterthur museum is celebrating a $350,000 federal grant to install a new HVAC system.

"The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to be making this award to the Winterthur museum," said NEH Director of Preservation and Access Nadina Gardner.

Museum director David Roselle says the grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will have a greater match from Winterthur.

"And better manage the preservation of our collections in the museums, the galleries and the research building," he said.

Senator Chris Coons says this project will be used as a model and will have a transformative impact.

"Not just on this building, not just on this place, but on how all conservation-oriented collections of historic materials of this kind are managed and operated in the United States and around the world," he said.

It costs more than a million dollars a year to heat and cool the museum buildings. The new HVAC system will reduce the museum's carbon footprint and save 20 percent in operating expenses.

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