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National Air and Space Museum Mural Removal Art Conservation Expert Consultation

At the end of 2017, I received a phone call from the general contractor organizing the renovation of the Smithsonian museum’s the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. The renovation would include the mural removal of 5 enormous iconic murals and since I was a pre-approved mural restoration expert for the federal government they requested my input to help them understand the potential problems of this endeavor.

The problems were compounded by the task of asbestos abatement (and probably lead also) and as an expert art conservation consultant, I worked with them, tweeking the details for about 8 months.

Though the general contractor was infinitely qualified to undertake a project like this, they had no expertise in the protection and the conservation treatments of historic murals. My participation filled the gap of knowledge they felt unsure about.

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Questions, call 

Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro 

Art Conservators 

805 564 3438

Figuring out the construction of the murals was key to understanding the removal process. Note the join in the fabric down the middle of the plane.

The X-15 captured by imagination as a kid. Its always a thrill to see it again.

A hero of mine and a great technological feat.

Brigader General Chuck Yeager Good Luck to Scott Haskins. This photo was a Thank You for  a consultation on a Flier’s Wall on Andrew’s Air Force Base that included the signature of Amelia Earhart.

The Bell X-1 rocket plane piloted by Chuck Yeagar in 1947 which broke the sound barrier (which today hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum) passed Mach 1 following a drop from a B-29 airplane. It was named Glamorous Glennis, after his first wife. The monumental “top secret” event was kept classified until 1948, but once it hit the public airwaves, Yeager became a celebrity. He also received a prestigious aviation award called the Collier Trophy, which called his flight the greatest achievement in aviation since the Wright brothers first took flight in 1903.


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About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the “Save Your Stuff” series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at

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