The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Streets). Nearly five million people visit the Museum each year. More...
The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (IFA-NYU) is dedicated to graduate teaching and advanced research in the history of art, archaeology, and the conservation and technology of works of art. From its advantageous position on New York’s Museum Mile, the Institute plays a vital role in the public dissemination and discussion of art historical research through an active program of lectures and conferences.
The Conservation Center at IFA was established in 1961 and was thus the first graduate program for the study of the technology and conservation of works of art and historic artifacts in the U.S.
Winterthur Museum, the nation’s premier museum of American decorative arts, is located 2.5 hours to the south. A former du Pont estate with greater than 175 period rooms and galleries filled with an unparalleled collection of art and antiques, Winterthur is the ideal setting for the two graduate programs it proudly sponsors with the University of Delaware. The Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (WPAMC) was founded in 1954 to prepare museum curators. The Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) was founded in 1974 to prepare conservators of works of art and cultural heritage.
Together, these programs boast nearly 750 graduates and are involved with the study, interpretation and conservation of objects significant to the history and culture of their communities. Through their work in museums, historic sites, conservation laboratories, cultural organizations, and arts advocacy, they steward the material patrimony of the United States.
The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is a national user facility located on the Cornell University Campus, four hours north of New York City. Each year, x-rays provided by CHESS are used by about 500 scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, to perform research in areas from biology and medicine to energy technology, nanoscale science, environmental science and cultural heritage.
Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Photon Sciences Directorate operates the National Synchrotron Light Source facility (NSLS), situated at Brookhaven National Laboratory (80 miles East of NYC). Each year, about 2,200 researchers from more than 400 universities, companies, and government labs use the x-rays, ultraviolet light and infrared light that it produces for research in such diverse fields as biology and physics, chemistry and geophysics, medicine and materials science.
Starting operation in 2014, NSLS-II is the planned successor to the NSLS. NSLS-II will produce x-rays more than 10,000 times brighter than the current NSLS, with emphasis on the critical scientific challenges of our energy future.