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The primary mission of Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s conservation department is to maintain the integrity of the museum’s collection and make it accessible for future generations. Our conservation specialists prevent the decay of the nation’s cultural heritage, which in turn provides a valuable service for visitors and scientists alike.

The conservation department is responsible for the safe storage, display and registration of the museum’s artworks. In addition, the department is responsible for the conservation needs of any works loaned to the museum for temporary exhibitions hosted by Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

The museum conservators’ responsibilities also include:

  • Cleaning, consolidating and integrating of artworks
  • Providing guidance regarding correct packaging and handling of the artworks
  • Consulting with the exhibition designers on safe display of the artworks
  • Surveying the works on display and in storage

All of the cultural heritage assets within Sakıp Sabancı Museum are preserved by the rules of the international conservation policy. Climate, humidity and light levels are monitored 24 hours a day, and experts in preventative conservation are consulted regarding pest control, disaster/risk management and packing and handling.

The museum has its own paper conservation studio, and also cares for paintings, furniture and archeological, decorative and stone works, with the consultation of specialists in these fields.


A definition of the term “conservation”

“All measures and actions aimed at safeguarding tangible cultural heritage while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations.” *

* 22-26 September 2008, ICOM-CC, 15th Triennial Conference, New Delhi, India