About Conservation

Conservation is the preservation of cultural heritage for future generations. Find a conservation professional, learn about the field, and discover resources to help preserve the objects that are important to you.

What is Conservation?

Conservation preserves and protects our shared cultural heritage with expert care from specialized professionals called conservators. Learn more about them and their profession.


Become a Conservator

Conservators take many paths into the field but all have extensive training in art history, science, studio art, and related subjects. See what it takes to get into the profession.


Find a Professional

Connect with a qualified member in your area to get the professional services you need for the objects that matter the most. Read our guide on what to ask before hiring them.

Caring for Your Treasures

We offer practical guides to help you extend the life of your heirlooms. There are many things you can do to take care of them yourself.


Support conservation through political advocacy, and make your voice heard. Help to make sure our elected officials understand the importance of protecting our cultural heritage. 



Caring for our cultural heritage requires highly technical skills and specialized knowledge. Conservators must focus on a specific type of material called their “specialty,” becoming experts in that subject.