A New Conservation Center

A new state-of-the-art Conservation Center is coming to the MFA. With 22,000 square feet of space and six laboratories, the Center features advanced technology, enhanced opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and training, and will establish a Conservation Learning Center, welcoming visitors to learn more about the care of our collections through encounters with works of art.

The new Conservation Center consists of laboratories for paintings, objects, frame and furniture conservation, as well as mount making, exhibition preparation and scientific research. The design by Samuel Anderson Architects brings these studios together into a central unified space dedicated to inquiry and learning. Natural light from new skylights provides ideal conditions for conservation work.

With an open floor plan, the Center‘s design encourages our staff of more than 50 conservators to share resources and expertise. The new layout also increases the MFA’s capacity to provide high-quality training for colleagues in the field as well as for future museum professionals. Flexible workspaces have been designed to inspire collaboration among conservators, scholars, and teachers that is key to new discovery.

The Center will have a dedicated learning space for dynamic public programs and educational initiatives. Visitors of all ages will be invited to connect with art, science, world cultures, and history in ways that engage and delight. Large windows in studios allow visitors to view conservators at work.

We look forward to welcoming you to the MFA’s new Conservation Center. Check this page for updates and featured content as construction progresses and programs are announced.


The Conservation Center is generously funded by anonymous donors, Pamela and Peter Voss, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, the Dillon Fund for the Boston Foundation and the Cordover Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Gallery Instructors and Gallery Instructor Associates in honor of Barbara Martin.