Scientists and conservators collaborate with curators to study, preserve, and conserve the works in The Met collection.
Objects conservators provide for the conservation of three-dimensional works of art in The Met collection. Staff members also provide conservation support on a number of archaeological excavations, including those sponsored by the Museum, as well as on other international projects.
The Paper Conservation Department is dedicated to the preservation, technical analysis, and research of works of art on paper, parchment, and related materials from all periods and cultures held in the Museum's vast collection so that they may be made available for exhibition, education, scholarship, and study.
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.
The Department of Textile Conservation responds to the need for preservation, conservation, technical study, and research of the Museum's core collection of approximately 36,000 textiles from several curatorial departments. The department is responsible for setting guidelines for storage, care and handling, and display of this collection.
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 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.
The Metropolitan Museum houses a world-renowned complex of scientific research and conservation facilities, each of which serves as a training ground for conservators from around the world. This project list provides a small sample of their research activities.