Each object has its own history which develops from the time of its origin. Both the environment and man have an impact on the object during its existence.

The conservator must evaluate all these factors, determine the appropriate way of conservation, and execute it. Knowing that it is only a single stage in the entire life of the object, the conservator must act ethically and with humility. Each object requires an individual approach.

Conservators are usually hidden from visitors; the public is not familiar with their job which is a variable and complex activity that incorporates various skills and knowledge and which often requires interdisciplinary cooperation. The Conserved Past exhibition seeks to expound on some processes of ceramics, metal, paper, textile, and wood conservation. Moreover, the exhibition presents new methods, such as 3D scanning of objects, as well as participation in the education of the incoming generation of conservators. Interactive components are directed at young visitors.