Laboratory and Preventive Conservation
Preventive conservation, which developed in the 1980s, is the set of measures taken and actions which influence the environment of works of art to try to slow down the effects of time and to prolong the life of our cultural inheritance.
At the present time, this sector combines two departments: the Laboratory, whose role is to perform scientific analyses and technological research, and that of Preventive Conservation responsible for maintaining a favourable environment in the museums and storerooms for the short and medium/long-term preservation of the cultural inheritance entrusted to the institution.
In Switzerland, only two museum institutions possess this type of facility. The MAH is also one of the rare museums to benefit from a specific unit devoted to preventive conservation.
The scope of the laboratory and preventive conservation unit covers the different departments of the City of Geneva museums as well as all the objects in the collections concerned (archaeology, applied arts, fine arts).
Laboratoire et Conservation préventive
Boulevard Jaques-Dalcroze 11
CH-1211 Geneva 3
T +41 (0)22 418 25 22
F +41 (0)22 418 26 01