Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Rebecca Kaczkowski


Rebecca A. Kaczkowski is the Anthropology Conservator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), where she manages all conservation activities within the Department of Anthropology, ranging from treatment and research to developing guidelines for practice and teaching.

Prior to her current role, she was the Preventive Conservator at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, and brings to NMNH broad experience with exhibits conservation, museum environments, collections care and storage, and training. She earned an M.S. in art conservation from the University of Delaware and holds a B.A. in art history and German language & literature and an M.A. in museum studies from The George Washington University.

Becky is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation; she currently serves AIC as Chair of the the Materials Selection & Specification Working Group and the Membership Committee.

Department / Division
  • M.S., Objects Conservation, Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program
  • M.A., Museum Studies, George Washington University , Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • B.A., Art History; German Language & Literature, George Washington University , Columbian College of Arts & Sciences





Blog Posting





  • Herrmann, Jennifer, Davis, Andrew, Kaczkowski, Rebecca, Neumann, Antje, Brogdon-Grantham, Shannon, France, Fenella, Kim, Dong Eun, Liu, Yun, Lubick, Amy, Ormsby, Mark, Shpargel, Sara, and Tilford, Charles. 2021. Trajectory of Anoxic Encasements in Museum Use