Conservation Laboratory

The Museum established a Conservation Laboratory in 1980. It is staffed with specialist scientists with university and technological education, and covers the needs of conserving paintings, ceramics, metalwork, wood-carvings and archival (paper) material, which the Museum’s Collections encompass.

Conservation works concern examination of the objects with microscopic and macroscopic observation, and physical-chemical analyses depending on the case, diagnosis of the damage, conservation intervention with approved materials and methods, restoration of the original aspect of the objects, and documentation of the works with photographs and analytical conservation entries or condition reports.

The Laboratory improved its equipment in 1993 and in 2006 it was rehoused in renovated rooms in the Museum.

Apart from its routine operation, the activities of the Conservation Laboratory include the aesthetic restoration of the permanent and the temporary exhibitions in the Museum.

To date, over 3,000 objects have been conserved in the Laboratory.