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Conservation and Scientific Research

Conservators and scientists collaborate with curators to study, preserve, and conserve the works in The Met collection.

The Departments

Objects Conservation

The Department of Objects Conservation works closely with each of the Museum’s curatorial departments in their mission to preserve and study three-dimensional works of art. Staff members are active as educators, consultants, and collaborators in conservation and cultural heritage projects locally and around the world.

Paintings Conservation

Paintings conservators support many different facets of the institution's activities, checking hundreds of paintings for loan and taking responsibility for many hundreds more that arrive at the Museum as honored guests to be part of temporary exhibitions and displays.

Paper Conservation

The Paper Conservation Department is dedicated to the preservation, technical analysis, and research of works of art from all the Museum's curatorial departments.

Photograph Conservation

The Photograph Conservation Department provides preservation, conservation, and research into the history, aesthetics, and technology of images dating from the early history of the medium until the present day.

Scientific Research

The Department of Scientific Research investigates the material aspects of works of art in The Met collection. Scientists in the department cooperate with conservators and curators in studying, preserving, and conserving the works in The Met collection, and also pursue innovative research in analytical techniques, preventive conservation, and treatment methodologies.

Textile Conservation

The Department of Textile Conservation is responsible for preservation, conservation, technical study, and research of the Museum’s collection of approximately 36,000 textiles, representing a broad range of textiles including tapestries, carpets, embroideries, costumes, and accessories of all periods and cultures.

The Costume Institute Conservation

The Costume Institute's Conservation Department supports an active curatorial program of exhibitions, publications, and loans through its preservation, conservation, and technical research of the 35,000 objects in The Costume Institute's collection.

Time-Based Media Working Group

Time-based media art (TBMA) encompasses works that include film, video, audio, or digital technologies that unfold to viewers over a period of time. TBMA Working Group members educate The Met staff about issues related to these types of artworks and advocate for better care and preservation of our time-based media holdings.