The Conservation Center

The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University has a long history as the oldest degree-granting conservation program in North America. NYU is alone among the American conservation graduate programs in that we confer two degrees to our students: an MS in the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (replacing the Advanced Certificate) and an MA in the History of Art and Archaeology. Our students undertake laboratory work, seminars, research projects, and gain intensive experience through fieldwork and their fourth-year Internship. We enjoy ready access to the Institute's art historical resources, as well as the extraordinary collections of New York City, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art , MoMA , the Whitney Museum , the Guggenheim Museum , the American Museum of Natural History , the Brooklyn Museum of Art , 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.

If you are thinking about applying to our program, you are most welcome to visit the Conservation Center in person; make an appointment by sending an e-mail to

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

Margaret Holben Ellis
Chairman and Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation