Museum curators look after, manage, organise, display and develop museum collections, and conduct related research.
Duties & Tasks
Museum curators may perform the following tasks:acquire items for the collections in their care
examine items to determine condition and authenticity
identify and classify specimens, and arrange conservation and restoration work
maintain records about all items in the collection
organise and participate in display teams, which may involve travelling or arranging for loan exhibitions, or overseeing the organisation of in-house temporary exhibitions or displays
initiate and maintain research and publication programmes
establish networks and assist other professionals on request
lecture and write about collections and answer public enquiries
supervise support staff and organise administrative duties associated with the use and care of collections.
They generally work indoors in museums and art galleries, but they may be required to travel extensively on field study. In small museums, one curator may be responsible for the management of the entire institution and its collections.
appreciation of the history of science, the environment or the arts
able to pay attention to detail
an objective, methodical approach to work
good oral and written communication skills
a good imagination
aptitude for research.