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Conservation


The Smithsonian American Art Museum is committed to preserving American Art for future generations. Art is threatened by repeated exposure to a variety of detrimental factors including excessive light, temperature and humidity extremes, poor handling and storage practices, pests, and accidental damage.


Lunder Conservation Center

Conservator Helen Ingalls inspects the tomahawk in, The Dying Tecumseh (circa 1856).

Browse the following categories within conservation:

  • The Lunder Conservation Center: The first art conservation facility in the United States that allows visitors to the museum behind-the-scenes views of crucial preservation work.
  • Collections Care: Guidelines for care of your own personal collections as well as symposia discussions about artwork care.
  • Conservation Videos: Witness the magic of conservation in our latest video.