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Crack a Window into the Art of Glass Preservation | Conservation Lab

The tiny city of Corning, New York is home to the world’s best glass conservators.


3 Fantastical Surprises Concealed Inside Historical Objects | Conservation Lab

As conservators pick an object apart, what lies inside can be another gem all its own.


When an Unplayable Record Preserves a Long-Lost Language | Conservation Lab

A chance discovery in an anthropologist’s archives uncovered native voices from a remote Alaskan island. Here's what happened next.


Mummy X-Rays Reconstruct Ancient Egyptian Lives | Conservation Lab

Medical imaging slices through mummies while leaving them unperturbed.


6 Mesmerizing Videos of Museum Practitioners at Work | Conservation Lab

Watch conservators restore a vandalized Rothko, submerge a Dickens manuscript in water, and preserve Lonesome George—the iconic Galapagos tortoise—for generations to come.


Restoring da Vinci's 'St. John the Baptist' | Conservation Lab

Leonardo’s disputed Renaissance masterpiece reemerges from under 15 layers of varnish.


Inside an Independent Book Restorer’s Studio | Conservation Lab

In a Lower Manhattan neighborhood where few old businesses survive, Judith Ivry has managed to keep her bookbinding studio afloat for the last 25 years.


An Ancient Japanese Scroll Gets Pieced Back Together | Conservation Lab

How many conservators does it take to repair a 60-square-foot scroll?


To Save Dorothy’s Red Slippers, It May Take a Wizard | Conservation Lab

With three clicks and $300,000, the Smithsonian hopes to #KeepThemRuby for at least another century.


How to Keep Kinetic Art Moving | Conservation Lab

Modern art conservator Lydia Beerkens prevents kinetic artworks from becoming still lives.


The Artful Science of Mending Works on Paper | Conservation Lab

The paper conservators at Alvarez Fine Arts Services, a private studio in New York, restore everything from Matisse prints to beloved family heirlooms.


How the Brooklyn Museum Cares for Its Collection | Conservation Lab

From rescuing George Washington, to repairing ancient papyrus scrolls, the caretakers of the Brooklyn Museum’s collection gave us a tour of their inner sanctum.