Natural Science Collections Conservation

A Resource for Conserving and Preserving Natural Science Collections 

American institutions have a long history of collecting plant, animal and geological specimens to document the diversity of the planet. Our ability to understand the natural world depends upon the collection, conservation, and study of these collections.

These pages focus on the conservation and preservation of natural science collections both in storage and on display. Content is based on a deep understanding of the ethics that support collection conservation, on the importance of science in understanding the impact our actions may have on a material’s long-term preservation, and on what we have learned from decades of applied effort.  

Discover our latest conservation projects to learn more about the science and practices behind the conservation of the natural science collections.