From the moment a work of art enters a museum, it is treated as the special one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable object it is. It sits in a crate in the loading area and acclimates to its new surroundings.
After sufficient time has passed, it is uncrated by the preparator or registrar who is wearing white gloves. A condition report is conducted–probably by the registrar. She will use the right lighting, magnification, and perhaps even ultraviolet light to ensure nothing has changed since the original condition report that accompanied the piece on its travels.
Loan and insurance forms are completed. Data is entered into the computer.
Gallery lighting is meticulous and at the appropriate foot-candle level for the medium. Labels are uniform. Floors are cleaned and artworks dusted (by someone with authority to handle art).
Everything is done to ensure the artwork is cared for properly and [...]