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Conservation: Protecting The Art

Conservation is the care and protection of cultural objects. As the caretakers of collections, conservators examine, research, clean and repair artworks, while also taking action to prevent future deterioration. Here at the AGO, the Conservation Team includes conservators, mat makers, framers and mount makers. These specialists work together to ensure each work will look its best not only for today, but also for generations to come.

What Is Conservation?

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our conservators in action. Learn what goes into keeping artworks looking their best and conserving them for generations to come.

Conservation Case Studies

Read about the restoration of key AGO artworks and our conservators' research and findings.

Meet the Conservators

Meet the staff members of the AGO's Conservation Department and learn about their backgrounds and areas of specialty.

What’s New in Conservation

Read about the restoration of Floor Burger and other great stories in the Conservation Notes section of our Art Matters blog.

Resource List

Interested in further exploring the world of conservation? Here is a list of online resources and interactive games you can access

Glossary

Glossary of terms for the science of conservation

Signature Partner of the AGO’s Conservation Program

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