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

What is Conservation?

Conservation is the profession devoted to preserving cultural property for the future. By melding art with science, conservation protects our heritage, preserves our legacy, and ultimately, saves our past for generations to come.

Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

The Foundation supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage. Learn how 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.

Advocate for Conservation

You are the voice for cultural materials preservation. 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?

Get immediate assistance from our team of National Heritage Responders.