The Flag’s environment is the most important factor in determining its future preservation and display. A secure, climate-controlled setting, low light levels, and the elimination of any contact with soils and pollution will be required in the flag’s future display to ensure its survival.

The Star-Spangled Banner is no longer an intact piece of fabric and cannot support its own weight. Conservation science has already determined that vertical display of textiles is the single most stressful exhibition method. In the past, vertical display placed enormous stress on the flag.

The Museum is carefully considering the least stressful means of support for the flag’s future display, one that will significantly minimize, if not entirely eliminate, the effects of gravity on the fragile flag. The project’s Technical Advisory Committee and invited architects are advising the Museum on possible solutions. Any future display must strike a suitable balance between what is best for the flag, and what provides an enriching visitor experience.