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Friends of Objects Conservation

This group brings together individuals who are curious about the conservation of three-dimensional art in The Met collection. The Department of Objects Conservation is responsible for the study, treatment, and installation of approximately 7,000 objects each year, dating from the third millennium B.C. to the 21st century and made from such varied materials as stone, metal, ceramic, glass, wood, ivory and bone, natural resins, and modern plastics. The department's conservators, preparators, and administrators play a role in nearly every aspect of the Museum's core activities, working with all 17 curatorial departments, as well as collaborating with conservators in other departments, conservation scientists, registrars, buildings and facilities staff, designers, exhibitions staff, and educators.

Friends are invited to four annual behind-the-scenes visits showcasing current projects followed by cocktail receptions. Donations support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, professional development, and publication of the department's work.

Annual dues: $6,000 ($5,076 is tax deductible)

For more information, please contact Keelia Jacobs at 212-650-2204 or

Highlights of Events

  • A selection of projects in progress for the British Galleries renovation for which hundreds of works—including sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, and historic interiors—are being studied and conserved in concert with curatorial reinterpretation of the collections (Joint activity with the Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts)
  • A presentation of ethical and practical issues in the conservation of American stained glass featuring recently completed and ongoing projects, including three Henry E. Sharp double lancet windows from Saint Ann's Church and windows in situ in Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity Church (Joint activity with the Friends of The American Wing)
  • An exploration of the use of color in the arts of the ancient world utilizing state-of-the-art examination, imaging, and analytical tools