Acquisitions, Care, and Conservation
Tudor Place is furnished almost entirely with pieces owned by the resident Custis-Peter family or the free and enslaved individuals who worked on the estate. As the extended family’s principal home, the estate became a repository not only for items preserved on site, but also for significant pieces later donated by or purchased from outside family members. Other object were acquired later, through donation and purchase, by the Tudor Place Foundation.
The Collections Department oversees the interpretation, study, care, preservation, and public presentation of the house interior and objects relating to the estate from the late 18th century to 1983. Conservation and preservation of the National Historic Landmark House and its collections are central to Tudor Place’s mission.
The Collections Department also studies best practices and new techniques in collections care and shares them with colleagues and the public through educational resources and workshops. For further reference and study in collections care, see the list of resources in our online Reading Room. For occasional conservation workshops, lectures and other programs, see our Calendar.