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The Museum Conservation Institute offered several short term courses in the past. These courses ran from half a day to a week and were generally aimed at mid-career professional conservators or conservation scientists, though several were offered to other related museum professionals also. MCI also hosted the Symposium of Collections Environments, the 26th Annual Conference of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation, and co-hosted the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.
Besides the short courses that typically were aimed at an audience of professional conservators, MCI had several longer term, "curricular" education programs. Some consisted of an ordered series of courses, generally in combination with focused laboratory work, that in their totality constituted a well organized body of knowledge in a given area of expertise. Others provided a balanced combination of supervised practical experience with laboratory research work. Typically, MCI designed such programs to answer specific needs for training that existed in the profession, generally with the premise that it did not duplicate existing programs elsewhere and when its efforts had addressed the needs adequately, the resources were redirected towards newly designed projects. This page contains descriptions of some past activities.