The Lunder Conservation Center

The Lunder Conservation Center

About

The Lunder Conservation Center is the first art conservation facility that allows the public permanent behind-the-scenes views of essential preservation work. Conservation staff for both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are visible to the public through floor-to-ceiling glass walls that allow visitors to see firsthand all the techniques that conservators use to examine, treat and preserve artworks.

The center is a destination for learning about conservation science and techniques through educational kiosks, videos, public programs and outreach initiatives. A 40-foot media wall on the 4th floor features interviews with key conservators from across the country.

The National Historic Landmark building that houses the Lunder Conservation Center is also home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery,  the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.