Museum Wax

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Museum Mounting Wax


[QuakeHold! by Trevco, San Marcos, CA] A brand name for a soft, sticky mineral wax used for positioning and earthquake stabilization of small objects. QuakeHold! Museum Wax™ is composed of Microcrystalline wax softened with petroleum jelly. It was formerly sold under the brand name of Anchor Wax™. Other QuakeHold products include Museum Putty and Museum Gel.

Synonyms and Related Terms

museo de cera (Esp.)

Brand names: Quakehold!; Quake Wax; Museum Wax; Anchor Wax


  • Nontoxic

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in mineral spirits. Non-acidic.

Resources and Citations

  • Neeha Velagapudi, Emily Fryer, Sarah Murray, Kristen Ramsdale, Sebastian Denize, Sam Adshead, 'Finding a Temporary Adhesive for Securing Objects for Display in Earthquake-prone Regions' Studies in Conservation, 68(1), 36-42, 2023 link
  • Quakehold: Museum Wax
  • Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997