State Museum To Move Artifacts To New Location

Posted: 6:21 PM, Jun 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-22 19:21:51-04

Thousands of artifacts must be moved to the new Tennessee State Museum before it can be opened to the public, which is expected to happen by October.

The work is tedious and time consuming - think moving your grandmother's china - times a million.

Mark Bynon is the Chief Conservator for the new museum. He says each one of these artifacts has to be cleaned, repaired, categorized and computerized.

There are 2,200 artifacts.

"Something from light surface clean to an extensive conservation treatment and some in house some will go out to special conservators who specialize in those materials," said Bynon on the cleaning process.

Each artifact also needs a specialized display or mount, that's what these men are working on-the jobs are endless - all so you can experience a walk through Tennessee history from prehistoric to present day.

"We're gonna be able to tell the story of Tennessee in an imaginative way. We've got six galleries to change artifacts constantly, tell new stories. We are just very excited about this," he said.

This extensive moving project has only four months left to opening day. The museum expects to more than double their visitors in the first year.