The museum was purposely designed to facilitate teaching and research.
There are two teaching spaces within the museum–the main museum space and the seminar room–both of which are available to faculty, students and researchers for the examination and study of objects in the collection.
- The seminar room is ideal for teaching small classes (up to 15 students) that would benefit from regular access to museum objects. It is equipped with an LCD projector for Powerpoint presentations. Additional equipment such as our new Leica M80 microscope can also be connected to the LCD projector, allowing students to look at objects under the microscope as a group.
- The main museum space is set up with six work tables and ergonomic chairs so that museum objects and files can be examined comfortably. The museum has two Zeiss Discovery V8 stereomicroscopes set up on one of these tables to allow close examination of details on museum objects.
Since its re-opening in December 2010, the museum has acquired several cutting edge tools to enable enhanced physical examination and interpretation of the museum collection. This equipment is available to classes and researchers following an orientation with museum staff. Our equipment includes:
- A Bruker Tracer III-SD X-ray Fluorescence instrument. This powerful tool for the elemental identification of metals, pigments and many other materials allows us to pursue non-destructive analysis (i.e., analysis that does not require taking a sample).
- A Leica M80 stereomicroscope outfitted with an IC80 camera which allows digital photography and videography of objects under study. This microscope can also be connected to the digital projector in the museum’s seminar room so that an entire class of students can examine and discuss an object together.
- Two Zeiss Discovery V8 stereomicroscopes. These microscopes can also be fitted with an attachment that allows digital photography of details of objects.
- Two Scandles fluorescent daylight balanced lights. These powerful lights are in use on a daily basis at the museum for either examination or photography of artifacts.
- A Wacom Cintiq interactive pen display monitor. This extraordinary tool is used by museum staff and students to annotate, enhance and trace details on digital images using a touch screen stylus. The monitor is particularly useful for students identifying and working with ancient texts, or learning to manipulate digital images for museum case design and layout. See our Greek Ceramics Case Map for just one example of what can be designed using this tool.
- A Nikon D7000 digital single lens reflex camera with associated lenses, tripod and copy stand for photodocumentation of museum artifacts.
- A Dino-Lite USB Digital Portable microscope. Meant as a simple but versatile magnification tool in either the museum setting or on a field site, this microscope allows quick digital imaging of details on objects.
- A Handheld ultraviolet lamp that offers two different wavelengths–shortwave and longwave. Examining objects under ultraviolet light can often reveal past restorations, damages, coatings or other surface differences that are minimally visible under normal light.