Art conservation and restoration

Art ConservationArt conservation and restoration, a list of websites, organizations, schools, museums and research departments

American art conservation schools, programs *

Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies

American Institute for Conservation

Art Institute of Chicago Department of Conservation

Buffalo State University of New York Conservation Department

Getty Conservation Institute
Museum conservation. Includes on-line issues of Conservation.

Los Angeles Preservation Network
Serves the preservation needs of conservators in Los Angeles city and county.

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Conservation Department, New York

New Mexico Museum Conservation Program

UCLA Conservation Program

University of Delaware Conservation Program is a community of art conservators, art appraisers, and other art professionals. They connect their expert members with individual collectors, museums, and galleries who need help in the appraisal, conservation, and restoration of art, antiques, and fine collectables.

Artwatch International
News on restoration and conservation projects.

Ashmolean Museum
Conservation/Investigation/Object investigation techniques at the Ashmolean Museum. U.K.

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material Inc. (AICCM)

American Institute for Conservation
U.S. national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts.


Blogs *

Emerging Conservation Professionals Network

British Institute of Florence

Britain *

The Ashmolean Museum: Conservation
Historically, conservation and restoration have had a significant role in the Ashmolean Museum over the past 300 years. Conservation as a single Department is the youngest in the Museum and was only created in 1999 by amalgamating the seven conservators who had traditionally worked strictly within curatorial departments. Although it has a significant paintings collection, the Ashmolean does not have a conservator and works closely with the National Gallery and works are sent to independent specialists for treatment.

The British Museum
The conservation department at the British Museum.

Art Conservation classes in the U,K.
A database from Hot Courses.

Courtauld Institute of Art, London
The Courtauld Institute: for the study of the history of art and conservation and is also home to one of the finest small art museums in the world.

Emerging Conservation Professionals Network

International Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (IIC)

The Royal College of Art Conservation Department
The RCA and the V&A, in association with Imperial College London, deliver specialist, work-based learning in conservation, providing learning and research at MA level. In 2001 RCA/V&A Conservation received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in higher education, and its students were regularly shortlisted for the UK’s Student Conservator of the Year award and won the award on three occasions.


Buffalo State University of New York Conservation Department

Building (UK)
Supplies, directory, articles, news.



Canadian Conservation Institute
International resource links, techniques, materials, journals, schools, directories, etc.

Chicago Conservation Center
A resource facility for the conservation of paintings, works of art on paper, sculptures, frames, textiles, murals.

Conservation On-Line
A project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries. A full text library of conservation information.

Courtauld Institute of Art, London


Emerging Conservation Professionals Network


Germany *

Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences

Lehrstuhls für Restaurierung, Kunsttechnologie und Konservierungswissenschaft, Munchen.

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin 

Potsdam School of Applied Sciences

Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design
The Stuttgart Academy is a state-of-the-art center for education in restoration and conservation.


Getty Conservation Institute
Museum conservation. Includes on-line issues of Conservation.


Holland art conservation. 
Restoration and conservation of paper objects, paintings, gouaches and three-dimensional objects, Vlaardingen.


International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
ICOMOS is an international non-governmental organization of professionals,
dedicated to the conservation of the world’s historic monuments and sites.
L’ICOMOS est une organisation non-gouvernementale internationale de professionnels, qui oeuvre à la conservation des monuments et des sites historiques dans le monde.

Italian conservation projects *

Ministero per i Bene e le Attivita Culturali

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Created by UNESCO to promote the conservation of monuments and sites of historical, artistic and archaeological interest. Based in Rome.

Istituto Centrale per il Restauro

Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro “Palazzo Spinelli”

CESMA is an Italian institution committed to the conservation of Italian art and culture. Their main activities as a non-profit, public-private consortium are in education, museum management, publishing, and edutourism.
CESMA è un Ente di Formazione e gestione museale senza scopo di lucro impegnato nella valorizzazione del Patrimonio dei Beni Culturali italiani con criteri di qualità e innovazione.

SACI (Studio Art Centers International), Florence.
Archaeological programs and conservation of archaeological objects.

Cultura Italia
An Italian heritage portal. Archaeology, events, news, archives.

The annual International Fair of the Art of Restoration and Conservation of Cultural and Environmental Heritage.

Cultural Heritage Search Engine
A directory of sites related to the conservation of cultural heritage. English and Italian.

Fondazione Arte della Seta LISIO
Foundation dedicated to research, preservation and promotion of traditional techniques of hand weaving silk fabrics for apparel, upholstery and furnishing applications.

Studio Art Centers International
International art school in Florence, Italy, offers courses in art history and art conservation.

Il Prato
A quarterly journal on heritage conservation in Italian.


Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies
An internet publication from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London.


Est le blog d’un passionné du musée du Louvre.


Iranian based company offers preservation and restoration of historic buildings, objects, books, and documents. Includes a portfolio and services.


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Conservation Education Resources

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Conservation Department, New York.


National Gallery, London, Technical Bulletin
The National Gallery Technical Bulletin, published annually, is a unique record of research carried out at the National Gallery, London. It covers all aspects of the conservation, technical study and care of the paintings in the collection. Drawing on the combined expertise of curators, conservators and scientists, it brings together a wealth of information about artists? materials, working practices and techniques.

How the National Gallery uses science to spot fakes and masterpieces.
The Guardian

The National Gallery conservation department.


Philadelphia Museum Conservation Department

Preservation FAQ at the Library of Congress
Information on storing, restoring, displaying, and preserving books, photographs, and other materials.


State Russian Museum Conservation Department


Schools, programs *

A list of art conservation and art restoration schools, from Wikipedia.

North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation

Art Restoration: Education and Training Program Information

16 Postgraduate Courses for Paintings Conservation in Europe

9 International Art Conservation Schools

Smithsonian. Provides research and education in art conservation, preservation.

The Courtauld. Institute, London

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark, School of Conservation


United Kingdom Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
The representative body for professional conservators and restorers in private and institutional practice in the UK.


Venice in Peril
The British Committee for the Preservation of Venice


Wikipedia entry on art conservation.

Williamstown Conservation Center, Massachusetts

Dictionaries of Art *

The Grove Dictionary of Art Online


Image searchers, image databases, online galleries *

Google image search.

Guildhall Library and Guildhall Gallery, London
An image database.

Italian Ministry of Arts and Culture. Ministero per i Benie le Attivita Culturali