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"The Objective of the Conservator is not to change, alter or attempt to improve the original

qualities of the object, but to preserve its integrity for future generations study and


Introduction to Conservation

Courtesy of the Carlos Museum

Carlos Museum Conservators Renée Stein and Kathryn Etre introduce the field of Art Conservation. Using examples from projects in the Parsons Conservation Laboratory, they describe the work of professional conservators, who are responsible for the documentation, research, preventive care, and treatment of cultural property.

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Case Studies

Click here to see a selection of 258 curated videos from respected museums & institutions explaining treatments

Collections Care

This selection of videos, courtesy of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, discusses a wide variety of collection care issues


There are many possible careers in conservation that encompass a wide range of preservation and conservation activities, sometimes making the road to becoming a conservator complex. Historically, apprenticeship training was the primary route. However, since the establishment of degree-granting graduate programs in the 1960s and ‘70s, conservation education has become more formalized. Today, most professional conservators earn an advanced degree, with the majority of job postings requiring at least a master's degree from a conservation graduate program or equivalent.

Below are main stages of becoming a conservator.

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