American Institute for Conservation
We support and empower professionals, institutions, and the public in preserving our irreplaceable cultural heritage.

What is Conservation?

The profession that melds art with science to preserve cultural material for the future. Conservation protects our heritage, preserves our legacy, and ultimately, saves our past for generations to come.

for Advancement in Conservation

We conduct conservation education, research, and outreach activities through the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, which specifically supports the care of collections and assists with disaster preparedness and response. Learn how to support our work.

Professional Development &
Continued Education

We promote material and technological expertise in the mastery of conservation techniques and are dedicated to sharing that knowledge with the conservation field and allied professions through research and continued education.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility

Our core values include equity, inclusion and access, and we are committed to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) throughout both organizations. Learn more about our key DEIA initiatives.


Our headquarters are in Washington, DC, the ancestral home of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe, Piscataway Indian Nation, the Nacotchtank People, and other Chesapeake Indigenous Tribes. Read our full  acknowledgement.

Advocate for Conservation

You are the voice for cultural materials preservation. Advocate for public policy that values the enduring evidence of human imagination, creativity, and achievement. Join our efforts.

Friends of Conservation

Conservators play a vital role in protecting and preserving the art, objects, and historic sites that tell the story of our lives. Become a Friend to support their work and learn how conservation affects the world around us.

Emergency affecting your collection?

Get immediate assistance from our team of National Heritage Responders.