Working at the Smithsonian
- Conservators are responsible for evaluating the condition of objects, and then treating and
repairing them to prevent their deterioration. This has become a very technology driven field involving state of the art imaging,
chemical analysis techniques and other analytical tools to assess the state of deterioration and determine conservation methods.
- Historically many people have learned on the job. Today, a background in chemistry is highly
desirable along with an artist's skill in a particular medium. Conservators usually have a specialty such as textiles, paintings,
photos, wood, books, paper, etc.
- Applicants with advanced degrees in conservation are highly desirable. While there are only a
few places in this country to get a Master’s degree in conservation, there are many courses, seminars, symposia, internships and
apprenticeships available to develop technical skills.
"Working at the Smithsonian"