The Karen Mariea Madsen Parsons Conservation Laboratory is responsible for treatment and analysis of the museum’s collection. Conservators address the needs of the wide variety of materials and types of objects, and collaborate with staff, faculty, and students to conduct research on and ensure the preservation of museum objects. The Parsons Lab also offers opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience with examination, analysis, preventive care, and treatment.  

Support for the Parsons Conservation Laboratory comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Seefried Endowment for Conservation, the Sybil C. and M. Edward Ralston Endowment for Conservation, the Eleanor and Clarence Ridley MCCM Fund, the Alfred Still Conservation Support Endowment.