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What makes a painting a masterpiece worthy of hanging in a museum? How does a museum decide what type of art to collect in the first place? And who at the museum dusts all those artworks and hangs them perfectly on the wall? Click a topic below to unlock the secrets of art!

  • Making a Masterpiece
    Delve into artists’ motivations and methods. Explore why and how art is made, and how objects become considered masterpieces over time.
  • The Currier Collects
    Learn how the museum determines what to collect (and what not) and how gifts and purchases build a museum’s collection over the years.
  • Behind the Scenes
    Learn how works of art are packed and shipped, the aesthetics of properly framing a painting, and advances in evaluating works of art.
  • In the Galleries
    Discover how objects are selected for presentation, how they are displayed, and how the museum setting differs from the original setting.
  • Our Contributors
  • Visit the Currier Museum web site