Conservation in museums in divided into preventive and remedial conservation and restoration.

In the Oulu Art Museum, conservation and restoration consists oft:

- care of the art collection
- conservation and framing

  • works that are placed into the premises of the city of Oulu
  • exhibitions in the Oulu Art Museum
  • works that are loaned from the Oulu Art Museum

- outdoor sculpture maintenance

Different stages of work are documented in writing and by photographing.

The goal of conservation is to secure the preservation of a work of art. Preventive conservation means organising suitable conditions and proper ways of storage. Humidity, temperature, light and other conditions in the surroundings of works are defined and kept as stable as possible also during lending and transportation.


Remedial conservation means handling damages that have already taken place, documentation, and activities that will slow further damages down. It is possible to decide on the measures that are to be taken only after certain procedures of examination. In addition to the traditional manual techniques, special space and equipment are often required.


Restoration activities are one segment of conservation. Restoration is chosen as the method of working if it can ethically be well-grounded in each individual case. It must be possible to separate the old and the new material from one another, and all restoration activities should be removable without damaging the object.