How to become a Museum Officer

Museum officers prepare specimens for collections, and construct and arrange museum and art gallery exhibits.

Personal requirements of a Museum Officer

  • Patient, with a methodical approach to work
  • Able to pay attention to detail
  • Aptitude for design

Education & Training for a Museum Officer

You can work as a museum officer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have relevant volunteer experience or qualifications and you may like to consider a VET course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a museum officer through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Additional Information

Most public galleries, museums and National Trust properties have volunteer programs, which usually include training and practical experience. Contact the volunteer coordinator at the organisations you are interested in for details.

Duties & Tasks of a Museum Officer

Museum officers:

  • clean fossil specimens, mould and restore skeletal parts, construct skeletal mounts, re-assemble fragmented specimens and create substitute pieces
  • construct models and make castings or moulds of artefacts and objects for display purposes
  • mount and prepare objects for display according to conservation requirements
  • design and build display cases, mounts and other exhibition presentation devices
  • design, prepare and install display hardware
  • receive, ship, pack and unpack exhibits
  • maintain museum files
  • supervise and assist other workers in the cleaning, cataloguing, labelling and storing of specimens.

Working conditions for a Museum Officer

Museum officers work mainly indoors, although extensive fieldwork may be required in some areas.

Employment Opportunities for a Museum Officer

Higher positions such as senior museum officer are filled by advertisement, and competition for vacancies is strong. Appointment to a particular level will depend on qualifications and experience. See the separate entry for Conservator for further information.




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