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The importance of long-term hygrothermal assessment of museum spaces: method and application in a permanent exhibition in a historical building

Luísa Dias Pereira1,, Adélio Rodrigues Gaspar1 , José Joaquim Costa1 , Gilberto Pereira2 

1 ADAI, LAETA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Rua Luís Reis dos Santos, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal

2 MCUC, Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra / Centro de Física da Universidade de Coimbra, Largo Marquês de Pombal, 3000-272 Coimbra, Portugal



This paper presents the analysis of the hygrothermal conditions of a museum space hosted in an 18th century building, in Coimbra (Portugal). This historical building, which houses the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra, is located in the historic centre of the University of Coimbra, officially declared a World Heritage Site in 2013 by UNESCO. The methodology proposed in EN 15757:2010 was applied to two monitoring campaigns carried out at a distance of 4 years, in two of the rooms of the permanent exhibition. The results of the monitoring periods are presented and discussed. The findings unveil the necessity for long-term monitoring of the indoor environmental conditions of museum spaces, towards the support of grounded based-evidence guidelines for the conservation of objects and quality of environment for exhibits conservation.


Preventive conservation
Hygrothermal assessment
Building Heritage







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Pereira, L. D.; Gaspar, A. R.; Costa, J. J.; Pereira, G., 'The importance of long-term hygrothermal assessment of museum spaces: method and application in a permanent exhibition in a historical building', Conservar Património 30 (2019) 91-105,

Pereira, L. D., Gaspar, A. R., Costa, J. J., & Pereira, G. (2019). The importance of long-term hygrothermal assessment of museum spaces: method and application in a permanent exhibition in a historical building. Conservar Património, 30 91-105. DOI:10.14568/cp2018005.

Pereira, Luísa Dias, Adélio Rodrigues Gaspar, José Joaquim Costa, and Gilberto Pereira. 2019. "The importance of long-term hygrothermal assessment of museum spaces: method and application in a permanent exhibition in a historical building." Conservar Património 30:91-105. doi:10.14568/cp2018005.

PEREIRA, Luísa Dias [et al.] – The importance of long-term hygrothermal assessment of museum spaces: method and application in a permanent exhibition in a historical building. Conservar Património. [Em linha]. 30 (2019) 91-105 [Consult. ]. Disponível em WWW: <URL:>. ISSN 21829942.

PEREIRA, Luísa Dias et al. The importance of long-term hygrothermal assessment of museum spaces: method and application in a permanent exhibition in a historical building. Conservar Património, Lisboa, v. 30, p. 91-105, 2019. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: .


Received: 2018-2-28
Revised: 2018-5-21
Accepted: 2018-6-12
Online: 2018-7-10
Publication: 2019-1-10


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