The activity of the Conservation Centre is aimed to help protect and exhibit the treasures of Lithuanian culture by research and conservation.
The centre performs the following functions:
- Technological, physical and chemical analysis of museum pieces,
- Conservation and restoration of museum pieces,
- Preventive conservation,
- Continuous improvement of the professional skills and knowledge of conservators.
In the Conservation Centre, archaeological finds, ceramic, metal, wood and polychrome artefacts, textile, easel painting, documents and books are conserved and restored. More than 4,000 exhibits are conserved and restored each year. The conservators working at the Centre also perform preventive conservation – a computerized system of microclimate control has been installed in depositories and exhibition halls, and the condition of the exhibits is constantly monitored. Recommendations on the issues of preservation, transportation and exhibition, field conservation and safe extraction of archaeological finds are provided. Works on various topics of the protection, research and conservation of cultural treasures prepared by conservators and researchers of the National Museum of Lithuania as well as other institutions are published in the serial publication Restauravimo metodika (Conservation Methods).
Conservators are assessed according to the procedure prescribed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.