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Professional Conservation and Restoration Services

Professional Conservation and Restoration for Personal Collections | Wisconsin Historical Society

Need conservation treatments or restoration services for your books, paintings, photos, textiles and other materials in your personal collections? Review the information below for advice.

Working with a Professional Conservator

Professional conservators combine in-depth knowledge of science and art with extensive practical experience to provide sound, ethical preservation services for your art objects, artifacts, and other items of historic and cultural value.

This website from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) has a comprehensive frequently asked questions page to help you determine when you need professional conservation help. The website also includes a list of questions to ask a conservator before making a hiring choice.

Where to Find a Professional Conservator

Explore the following websites to find professional conservators.

The American Institute for Conservation allows you to search for conservators by collection format type and geographic region.

This website provides in-depth instruction for the care of many special objects as well as some reference lists and contact information for organizations or conservators that specialize in these formats.

The Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) is a nonprofit regional center for the preservation and conservation of art and artifacts. Organized in 1977 by area museums to care for their collections, MACC has grown to become a full-service fine arts conservation laboratory that serves all kinds of cultural institutions as well as private and corporate collections. The conservators at MACC can provide high quality in-lab and on-site direct conservation treatments and restoration services for historic and contemporary works of art, artifacts and historical items. If you prefer to work with a conservator closer to your location, the MACC can provide you a list of names.

Please Note: The information presented here is not intended to provide comprehensive technical advice or instructions on preservation issues. Any information contained or referenced is meant to provide a basic understanding of preservation practices and does not constitute an endorsement by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Have Questions?

Contact Kathleen Mullen at 608-264-6489 or by email below: