Welcome to the Conservation Center

Since 1960, the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University has prepared students for careers in conservation and technical study through a four-year, dual-degree graduate program where students earn both their Master’s in art history and Advanced Certificate in conservation. NYU is alone among North American graduate programs in conservation to confer both degrees. The curriculum combines practical experience in conservation with historical, archaeological, curatorial, and scientific studies of the materials and construction of works of art. Students undertake research projects, laboratory work, seminars, and gain intensive conservation experience through advanced fieldwork and the fourth-year internship. The oldest degree-granting conservation program in North America, the Conservation Center has a particularly rich history.

Our specially designed facilities in the Stephen Chan House provide flexible laboratory, library, and classroom spaces that were purpose-built for conservation training. Located on East 78th Street in Manhattan, diagonally across from the Institute of Fine Arts' James B. Duke House, the Center enjoys ready access to the Institute's art historical resources, as well as the extraordinary collections of New York City, including The Metropolitan Museum of ArtOpen link in new window, MoMAOpen link in new window, the Whitney MuseumOpen link in new window, the Guggenheim MuseumOpen link in new window, the American Museum of Natural HistoryOpen link in new window, the Brooklyn Museum of ArtOpen link in new window, and nearby galleries, private collections, auction houses, historic properties, and private conservation studios. Our location in one of the art capitals of the world also makes it easy to draw upon the many conservators and conservation scientists in the area. On average, we have over forty visiting conservation professionals per year, creating a dynamic atmosphere in which to learn the three fundamentals of our program—art history, conservation practice, and conservation science.

You are also most welcome to visit the Conservation Center in person; if you are interested in seeing the school, please make an appointment electronically by sending an e-mail to conservation.program@nyu.edu.

Enjoy the website and I hope to meet you in New York!

Hannelore Roemich
Chairman and Professor of Conservation Science