American Institute for Conservation
We support and empower conservation professionals, institutions, and the public in the preservation of irreplaceable cultural heritage.

What is Conservation?

Conservation encompasses actions taken toward the long-term preservation of cultural property. Conservation activities include examination, documentation, treatment, and preventative care, supported by research and education.

Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

FAIC supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage. Learn more to take advantage of professional development opportunities or support our efforts.

Professional Development

We promote the attainment of expert knowledge of materials and technologies and mastery of conservation techniques. We are dedicated to service in the field, research, sharing knowledge with others, and continued education.


By informing, empowering, and connecting conservation professionals, we ensure our cultural heritage is not lost or forgotten. Join the professional community providing unparalleled expertise and care for our cultural heritage.

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Advocate for Conservation

We are the voice for cultural materials preservation. We advocate for public policy founded on 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?

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