The Met Museum of Art - The Costume Institute

New York City, new york

How do we save historic artifacts for future generations?

Go behind-the-scenes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pay attention as these conservators & a curator give you a rare glimpse at their conservation practices.

Running Time - 5:55


Produced by Google Arts & Culture Institute

🤔Review Questions

  1. What is a conservator & what do they do?

  2. What is a curator & what do they do?

  3. Compare & Contrast: How are these two roles similar? How are they different?

🧐Additional Research

  1. What career training does it take to become a conservator or curator?

Diversity Directory Highlight


Tyree Boyd-Pates

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TYREE BOYD-PATES is a history curator, professor, writer, and speaker who expounds on Black culture from a millennial vantage and mobilizes communities of color through journalism, social media, education and history.

Featured in the LA Times, The Guardian, Ebony Magazine, KCRW, and other outlets, Tyree's groundbreaking history exhibitions have inspired thousands to visit museums and engage with history anew. Additionally, as a regular lecturer at universities and schools, Boyd-Pates is a TEDx speaker who champions inner-city youth.

A graduate of Temple University with a Master’s degree in Pan-African Studies, Tyree Boyd-Pates is also an alum of California State University, Bakersfield, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in African American Studies.


“Hi family, I’d like to introduce you to Noel.

He is in second grade. 
Noel is a seven-year-old boy who loves museums, galleries, history and art. 
Today, I shared with him what a curator is and what we do inside of a museum.”

via @TYREEBP, Instagram

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via @TYREEBP Instagram