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Conservation at the Portland Art Museum encompasses the preventive care and active treatment of artwork in the collection and under its stewardship. Through preventive measures, examination, documentation, research, analysis, treatment, and education the department carries out its primary responsibility in accordance to the museum’s mission to preserve the collection for the enrichment of present and future generations.

What is Conservation?


Discover more about the day-to-day practice of an art conservator and meet PAM’s conservator, Samantha Springer.



Learn about the history of conservation at PAM.



We have thousands of objects in our care at PAM, and our collection encompasses a range of materials, cultures, and techniques. Find out more about our collaborative conservation efforts.



Find professional organizations in the conservation field, locate information about how to care for an object in your personal collection, and learn about how to get involved in conservation at PAM.