Why we ask you not to touch

Since we experience the world through our
senses, touching may seem as natural as
looking, but it has unfortunate consequences
for the objects in the house, which are fragile
and irreplaceable.

No matter how clean your hands may be,
human skin carries natural oils and acids that
are harmful to the exhibits. Even a single touch
can initiate permanent and irreversible
chemical reactions that will darken paint, stain
wood and marble, damage fabric and corrode

To help us preserve the collection for future
generations, please do not touch or lean
against any of the exhibits.

Thank you for your cooperation.

© Kettle's Yard / Cambridge