The conservation department of Sakıp Sabancı Museum affiliated to the Sabancı University works in cooperation with the Museum’s curatorial departments in order to preserve the collections there of. Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s laboratory is one of the first Turkish conservation laboratories focusing on paper. While the Museum was being founded, the laboratory was established for the conservation and restoration of the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection. Later its function was expanded to encompass the preservation of painting, stonework and furniture collections as well. The laboratory is endowed with all the equipment needed for paper and book conservation and restoration.


All collections other than stone works are preserved with the help of micro climatization within the building. Temperature and humidity are kept constant 24 hours a day throughout the year with HVAC equipment controlled through a central operating system. Pest control, disaster andrisk management, handling, packing and similar activities are undertaken in cooperation with expert institutions.

Storage Management

Part of the collections are kept in the artwork storerooms. Framed works are hung on slidinghanging systems, while three dimensioned pieces and furniture are placed on shelves.Manuscripts are preserved in non-acid dustproof cardboard boxes which allow for air circulation.Unframed single pages are placed horizontally on shelves in non-acid envelopes. Archives consisting of photographs, postcards, letters and newspapers are wrapped in cotton papers and kept in archive boxes.All works and documents in the collections are catalogued with a specific enumeration systemthrough which their movement within the museum is monitored.

The conservation department operates in accordance with the ethical rules of ICOM(International Committee of Museums).

Cultural Heritage Preservation Meeting

In the activity series ‘Cultural Heritage Preservation Meeting’, Conservation Laboratory Manager Nurçin Kural Özgörüş, gives the Museum guests information about how the Works in the collections are preserved. These events are held once every three months and encompass subjects such as conservation, restoration, cultural heritage as well as museum climatization and the aesthetics of exhibition.

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Scientific Researchs

Sakıp Sabancı Museum benefits from the cooperation of faculties and research centers of Sabancı University to whom it is affiliated in its scientific research. The equipment at Sabancı University’s Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Nanotechnology Research and Application Center contribute to conservation research and development, while the interlibrary loan system at the University’s Information Center enables access to all relevant publications. Elemental analysis, organic structure analysis and imaging are some of the methods used in scientific research.

Scientific Publications


A Comparative Chemometric Study of Osman Hamdi Bey’s Paintings 

Gülsu Şimşek, Filiz Kuvvetli, Lynn Lee, Nurçin Kural Özgörüş


Analysis of Deterioration Phenomena in a Koran by Nineteenth Century Ottoman Calligrapher Mehmed Şevki 

Nurçin Kural Özgörüş, Cüneyt H. Ünlü, Orhideja Grupče, Feray Bakan, Meltem Sezen


Analysis of 6 Canvases from Osman Hamdi Bey’s Paintings Using PCA on FTIR-ATR data 

Cüneyt H. Ünlü, Filiz Kuvvetli, Hüma Arslaner


Analysis of Pigments on a 19th Century Calligrapher’s Box 

Meltem Sezen, Feray Bakan, Filiz Kuvvetli, Gülsu Şimşek, Barış Yağcı, Ayşe Aldemir Kilercik


The Preservation of Ottoman Manuscripts 

Nurçin Kural Özgörüş


Access, Conservation and digitalSSM

Sakıp Sabancı Museum endeavours to conciliate the two concepts of conservation and accesswhose aims are seemingly mutually exclusive. All the works in all the collections have beenimaged in a detailed manner and digitalized, thus providing access to users from all over theworld, while keeping the works in their safe preservation conditions.

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Nurçin Kural Özgörüş 

Conservation Laboratory Manager