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Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the Conservator

Museum Workshop now showing in Canberra

Was on from 25 October 2012 to 28 January 2013 in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

Enter the Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the Conservator exhibition and immerse yourself in the behind-the-scenes world of the conservation team, the people responsible for the physical care of objects in the National Museum of Australia's collection.

Visit the conservation laboratories

The Museum Workshop exhibition brings to life the National Museum's large technology, objects and paintings, and paper and textiles laboratories.

Paper and textilesLarge technologyObjects and paintings

Paper and textiles                                Large technology                                 Objects and paintings 

Experience more conservators in action

Talk with conservators about their work and take advantage of this special access to the world of a museum conservator. See conservators preparing photo albums and period costumes for our upcoming exhibition, Glorious Days: Australia 1913, opening in March 2013.

Watch the technology team working on the 1948 Daimler car used by Queen Elizabeth II during her 1954 tour of Australia. Discover how we treat cracks and splits in Aboriginal bark paintings and see conservators servicing the Museum's chronometer collection.

Check the workshop schedules to see when our conservators are in action

Explore some of the objects on show

Various objects from the National Museum's collection will be on show in the Museum Workshop exhibition. The great diversity of objects in the collection means it is rare that any two conservation treatments are identical.