Conservation at the Carlos

The Michael C. Carlos Museum has a long-standing commitment to conservation and collections care. The Karen Mariea Madsen Parsons Conservation Laboratory was established when the Museum was renovated and expanded in 1993. Before the lab was created, conservation needs had been addressed by contract conservators. The first in-house full-time conservator was hired through a grant from the Mellon Foundation. This role soon became a University staff position, supplemented by consultants as required. The conservator collaborates with other staff, faculty, and researchers to ensure the preservation of collections through both preventive care and treatment. The conservation lab serves as a resource for curators, scholars, and students by participating in the examination, analysis, and study of the Museum’s objects.