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Ozone exposure inside museums in the historic central district of Krakow, Poland

Salmon, Lynn G. and Cass, Glen R. and Bruckman, Katarzyna and Haber, Jerzy (2000) Ozone exposure inside museums in the historic central district of Krakow, Poland. Atmospheric Environment, 34 (22). pp. 3823-3832. ISSN 1352-2310. doi:10.1016/S1352-2310(00)00107-2.

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Ozone present in the indoor atmosphere of museums can lead to the fading of organic artists’ pigments and textile dyes that are present in paintings, tapestries and historically important clothing exhibits. Ozone concentrations were measured in outdoor air and within the interior galleries of five institutions that house cultural properties in Krakow. The purpose of these experiments was to determine the degree of penetration of outdoor ozone into these museums, and in the case of the National Museum to determine the effectiveness of the existing ozone removal system at that site. It was found that those museums that are rapidly ventilated through many open doors and windows experienced indoor ozone concentrations about 42–44% as high as those outdoors. The Senator's Hall at Wawel Castle, which houses important tapestries, experiences indoor ozone concentrations that are 17–19% of those outdoors due to ozone removal at interior surfaces during transit through the building from distant air intake points. Methods for further reduction of ozone concentrations in the specific museums studied are discussed.

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Additional Information:© 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. Received 24 May 1999; accepted 1 January 2000. Available online 13 June 2000. This study was made possible by a grant from the US Department of State under a program funded by the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Joint Fund II. Susan Sherwood of the US National Park Service was instrumental in assisting with advance preparations between the various organizations involved in the study. We would like to thank Dr. Tadeusz Chruscicki, Chief Director of the Krakow Branch of the National Museum, for his cooperation. We are also especially grateful for the assistance given by Malgorzata Buyko, Director of the Matejko Museum and Professor Jan Ostrowski, Director of Wawel Castle. The assistance of the museum staff from all facilities is gratefully acknowledged. We would also like to thank Tomas Bergier and Marta Baranska of the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry and Al and Jill O'Bright of the National Park Service for their assistance.
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Subject Keywords:Ozone; Indoor air quality; Art conservation
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Official Citation:Lynn G Salmon, Glen R Cass, Katarzyna Bruckman, Jerzy Haber, Ozone exposure inside museums in the historic central district of Krakow, Poland, Atmospheric Environment, Volume 34, Issue 22, 2000, Pages 3823-3832, ISSN 1352-2310, (
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