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Museums and Art Conservation

Analyzing, restoring, conserving and documenting artistic works or cultural artifacts require complex technical skills and the use of state-of-the-art imaging solutions, particularly contact-free, nondestructive methods. Combined with digital camera technology and image analysis software, Leica Microsystems’ art conservation microscope solutions are designed for the different fields of activity of restorers, art historians, archaeologists and experts in conservation workshops and museums. All microscopy solutions optimize detail-accurate work on the specimen, microscopic analysis of structures and materials as well as documentation.

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Leica Microsystems provides a range of solutions for the different fields of activity of restorers, art historians, archaeologists and experts from related fields. All optimize detail-accurate work on the specimen, microscopic analysis of structures and materials as well as documentation.

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Microscope solutions specially adapted to the specific requirements, combined with digital camera technology and image analysis software from Leica Microsystems, are among the professional tools used today by many experts in conservation workshops and museums.

To give you an overview of the various methods and technologies for each application area, we have listed the products that support you in your work with valuable treasures of art and irreplaceable originals.

Glass, Ceramics & Stone

When you examine, clear or reconstruct glass, ceramics or stone, you need customized, high-resolution microscope solutions that enable you to analyze objects of different sizes and shapes. Leica Microsystems provides a variety of stereo and research microscopes with different illumination methods and portable stand systems tailored to your needs.

Pigment Analysis

When you examine paint layers and paint pigments, you need high-resolution, high-performance microscopes with brilliant, cool illumination. Leica Microsystems provide powerful microscopy solutions with fluorescence illumination options combined with easy-to-use analysis software for optimal investigation, analysis and documentation.

Paper, Books & Photos

Reveal and analyze unique details of printing and finishing techniques, manuscripts or retouches and view the finest paper structures in 3D with Leica’s range of microscopy solutions. These innovative digital and stereomicroscopes combine maximum resolution and the greatest depth of field to support the acquiring, storing, annotating and documenting you need to research and restore these precious items of our heritage.

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Rack and pinion system for easy height positioning.

Leica Swingarm Stands

Modular stands for handling larger samples

Leica F12 I

Mobile floor stand for inspection of large samples

Microscope for Education, Materials, Inspection and Basic Metallography

Leica DM750 M

Binocular materials microscope for education, basic metallography, and forensics education

Minerals & Fossils

Mineral and fossil conservation requires detailed image processing and analysis of through high-performance stereo and research microscopes. Whether you need to view microstructures in 3D or you need to analyze thin sections, Leica Microsystems offers versatile microscopy solutions to meet your specific application needs.


Detail-accurate cleaning and restoration of paintings involve the use of precise digital and stereomicroscopes customized for a variety of painting types and sizes. Leica’s microscopes for paint cleaning and restoration provide variable zoom positions which enable you to work at low magnifications and analyze the tiniest details. Floor stand options are available for larger paintings.


Examine signs of corrosion, dirt deposits, treatment or processing techniques for metal objects or analyzing the metal structure and determining alloy components with Leica Microsystems' individualized and affordable system solutions. Featured stereo and research microscopes are combined with digital cameras and easy-to-use 3D software to support your analysis, cleaning and documentation of metal objects.


Clean and restore painted or varnished wood objects and determine the structure and components of the applied layers with Leica's stereo and research microscope solutions. These flexible solutions are combined with table or floor stands, digital cameras and easy-to-use analysis software to support your wood conservation work.

Useful Links

Data Bases and Institutions
Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network
CAMEO - Conservation & Art Material Encyclopedia Online
Conservation OnLine - Resources for Conservation Professionals
Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC)
DOCAM - Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage
Victoria and Albert Museum
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
The Intitute of Conservation
ICOM - The International Council of Museums

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC)
e-Conservation Magazine
Studies in Conservation
(German) Restauro
Future Anterior

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