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Robert J. Koestler, Director, Museum Conservation Institute

Robert J. Koestler has been director of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute since August 2004. As director, he strives to bring new technology and focus to MCI’s research and conservation efforts, working closely with the Smithsonian museums to protect and conserve their collections. His more than 30 years of museum experience include nearly 24 years at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and eight years at the American Museum of Natural History, where he concentrated on the scientific research of art objects and natural history collections.

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