A Colorful Visit to the Vault Where the World’s Rarest Pigments Are Safely Stored

Great Big Story visited the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies of the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts to speak with its director Narayan Khandekar about some of the rarest pigments in the world that the center houses in its renowned collection.

The materials collection, at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA, houses thousands of pigments, including some of the world’s rarest. Dragon’s blood, mummy, Indian yellow: these are but a few flashy highlights from the museum’s collection.