Artifact Conservation Services


Artifact Conservation Services provides preservation consultation, collections management, and conservation treatment services for archaeological, historic, and artistic works.

Located in Boulder County, Colorado, the company serves the mountain states and plains region with on-site preservation consultation and conservation of art and artifacts for museum, corporate, and private collections.

Clients include the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Wyoming Military Department, NineDot Arts, Dean and Associates Conservation Services, Carbon County Museum, Colorado University Art Museum, Denver Arts and Venues, Travelers Insurance, and private clients.

Owner and principal Tara Hornung is a trained artifact conservator and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) with expertise in collections care and objects conservation and over ten years of experience working with museum collections.  For more information please click HERE.

Artifact Conservation Services is a qualified federal contractor and is available to provide services as a contractor, partner, or subcontractor.

Contact:  •     • (720) 254-9991  aic-pa-mark-logo




• Condition Reports     • Conservation Treatments     • Preventative Conservation



• Preservation Assessment      • Collection Condition Survey     • Education and Training


Collections Management

• Collections Care     • Emergency Response     • Curatorial Services


This page is currently under construction. Please check back soon for updates!

   Attributed to Charles Washaki (Eastern Shoshone), Pre- Sun Dance, c. 1914, painted skin. Shoshone Hide Painting

Storage upgrades during a collections inventory project included constructing custom storage mounts for saddles.     collections inventory

Conservation treatment of archaeological pottery (Unidentified artist, Iran, Pitcher, 1st millennium BCE, Gray Ware pottery).       pottery and ceramic


Doing the Most in a Triage Situation

I have been at the National Air and Space Museum this year working on a “triage” conservation project. The team put together a poster describing our work for the annual conference for the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) in Miami

National Air and Space Museum

On the bench: a two venturi carburetor from a WWII aircraft.  Alloys with magnesium were chosen for their strength and lightweight properties in aircraft manufacture.  However, magnesium is very reactive and quickly corrodes.  We are treating the magnesium corrosion on