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Whether you are a career conservator, an allied professional like collection managers, registrars, curators, scientists, art handlers, mount makers, or museum volunteers, or just someone interested in the field, you will find a welcoming and enriching community. 

As the only national association of conservation professionals in the United States, we are the voice of the profession. Membership brings the conversation together for all those who care about protecting art and cultural heritage, shaping the field of conservation in this country for the better.

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What are the member benefits?

AIC News and JAIC coversIn addition to providing the intangible value of being part of a group of like-minded professionals, we offer many benefits that keep you current in the field, help expand your knowledge, and offer opportunities for advancement.

Membership is about $3/week ($1.50 for students). For the price of a nice cup of coffee, you will get instant access to:
  • Resources like our newsletter, journal, and JSTOR discounts
  • Online member directory
  • Private discussion forums
  • Subgroups focused on specific topics and materials
  • Funding opportunities
  • Professional Liability Insurance special rates
  • Professional development discounts
  • Store discounts
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Which member type is right for me?


  • Students ($71/year): for undergraduate or graduate students, including those just thinking about entering the field.
  • Post Graduates ($95/one year): for those who have just finished their graduate training and are entering the profession full-time.
  • Associates ($149/year): for anyone working in the field or simply interested in conservation: conservators, conservation scientists, conservation technicians, collections specialists, collectors, curators, administrators, librarians, archivists, art historians, and members of the public.


Institutions ($235/year): open to museums, libraries, archives, educational institutions, vendors, etc...

  • Organizations receive benefits through one and only one individual.

  • Organizations must designate a primary contact to whom they will pass benefits.

  • Organizations that also join a specialty group will receive any published periodicals
  • Organizations interested primarily subscribing to the journal or getting all-campus IP-based access, should contact our publisher Taylor and Francis.

Unique Benefits

  • specialty group online communities
  • professional designation
  • learning discounts
  • volunteering
  • funding
  • voting

Unique Benefits

  • ability to pass benefits from one primary contact to another throughout the year

Any special groups I can join?

Membership gives you access to our subgroups. Add one or more of the following for additional fees.

  • These are groups within the organization that focus on particular area of expertise or professional interest.
  • They have their own dedicated online community, publish bi-monthly columns in our newsletter, conduct sessions at our annual meeting, and publish periodically.

How long does my membership run?

  • Memberships run from January 1st of one year to December 31st of the same year.
  • New members upon payment of dues will receive the remainder of the year for free when joining after August 1st of a particular year. Our system will automatically set your expiration date for December 31st of the following year.

Can I join if I'm not a U.S. citizen/resident?

Yes, any individual that has an interest in supporting the field of conservation can become a member. We have many members based all over the world--from Seattle to Singapore. Membership is open to anyone without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ethnic or national origin.

How do I join?

There are two easy ways to become a member.

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  1. Verify email address
  2. Create a profile
  3. Purchase membership

Limited Time Offer

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If you join now, you’ll receive a free digital copy of our book Ethics & Critical Thinking in Conservation, a $25 value!

This collection of essays brings to focus a moment in the evolution of the complex decision making processes required when conservators consider the treatment of cultural heritage materials. 

The papers presented here are drawn from two consecutive years of presentations from our annual meeting's general session. These were, in 2010, The Conservation Continuum: Examining the Past, Envisioning the Future, and in 2011, Ethos Logos Pathos: Ethical Principles and Critical Thinking in Conservation. 


Our staff are here to help you make the most of your membership! Contact us.

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