Appelbaum & Himmelstein Conservation Lab

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We are proud to announce that in 2021 the firm of Appelbaum & Himmelstein celebrated its 49th Anniversary !

Established back in 1972, our partners, Barbara Appelbaum and Paul Himmelstein, the firm’s sole members, provide a wide range of art conservation services including treatment of individual paintings and objects, and consultation on various aspects of collections care.

The firm works for both institutional and private clients in the New York metropolitan area, as well as nationally and internationally.  We perform conservation work on a wide variety of paintings, objects, and textiles, and consult on topics related to collections care, including storage design, lighting, and museum construction.

48 years of work by partners Appelbaum and Himmelstein have yielded:

  • 2,923 objects treated in lab, for 1,378 clients
  • 112 consultations including assessments, lighting design, and construction projects
  • 17 published papers, 2 published books (with a third in the works)
  • 10 person-years on Board of Directors of the American Institute for Conservation
  • long-term participation in 3 major professional projects:  a web site MuseumPests.net (The Integrated  Pest Management Working Group), The Lighting Handbook, Chapter on Museum and Gallery Lighting (Illuminating Engineer Society), and ASHRAE Handbook – HVAC Applications, Chapter: Museums, Galleries, Archives and Libraries (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)


 On top of all that we have begun a new service to offer clients:  Eco-Friendly Lighting for Museums, Galleries, and House Museums

 Read more About our firm and our expertise here….

 Learn about our firm’s History here….

 Conservation can be a highly technical field, and the terminology can be confusing. Read more on our page About Conservation and the conservation profession….

 Conservation treatments seem mysterious to people unfamiliar with the way conservators work. You can read more on our page, DeMystifying Conservation


NEWS & UPDATES :  When we have updated and redesigned our website, we also made many of our scholarly Papers on Art Conservation available for you to READ ONLINE at our sister website, barbaraappelbaumbooks.com

Paul Himmelstein  held a workshop entitled Lighting in Museums and Historic Buildings at the meeting of the North Carolina Museums Council in Raleigh, NC, (March 2013) and did a similar workshop in Savannah, GA at the meeting of the Southeast Regional Conservation Association.

Barbara Appelbaum spoke about conservation in house museums at a annual historic house museum conference sponsored by the McFaddin-Ward House in Beaumont, Texas (November 2013)

NEW PUBLICATION: The partners have contributed a chapter entitled “Conservation Issues for Appraisers” to Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide”, published by the Appraisers Association of America.


Conservation Treatment MethodsWe are pleased to announce the 3rd printing of Barbara Appelbaum’s second book, “Conservation Treatment Methodology” which has sold more than 3,000 copies worldwide. It has received excellent reviews from professional journals as well as general readers (see Amazon reviews). There is now even a Kindle edition!

The book is available from Amazon




Appelbaum and Himmelstein

444 Central Park West, NY, NY 10025

Phone: (212) 666-4630