The Ethnographic Museum of Kraków's conservation department deals with the protection and conservation of collections made using various techniques and technologies, and often unusual ones – so typical of ethnographic collections. These include objects made of wood, metal, fabric, paper, organic materials such as leather, feathers, intestines, bones, antlers, or from plant fibres, and synthetic materials.
Its most important tasks include preventive measures focused on safe storage, handling – including display and transport of museum objects – as well as conservation and documentation of the above activities. As part of its duties and in the name of development and education, the department collaborates with various cultural institutions, universities, and conservators. It participates in scientific projects and workshops, broadening and utilising knowledge about new research possibilities, thereby providing better conservation protection for entrusted property.
Conservation work is carried out with attention to quality and preserving the material in its original character, along with traces of use and other elements that have emerged over time and which contribute to its value and history. To ensure safe storage of collections, professional boxes and packaging is created, both individually and collectively, whenever possible.