Curators are specialists in a particular academic discipline relevant to a historic site/museum/gallery’s collection. Museum Curators research and recommend acquisition of artifacts and are responsible for the care of objects, materials and specimens. They have highly specialized skills and knowledge in their areas of study.


  • Interpret materials or artifacts for the public and/or for other museum staff
  • Recommend acquisitions, loans or sales research
  • Authenticate history of artifacts
  • Coordinate the storage of collections
  • Determine proper conversation methods
  • Set up displays and exhibitions
  • Supervise assistants

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced university degree with a concentration in a discipline related to a relevant area of the museum’s collections is required
  • Excellent communication skills are required
  • Previous experience in a museum, gallery or related educational or research organization is generally required
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Specialized knowledge in the area relevant to museum collections
  • Excellent interpretation skills
  • Working knowledge of the ethics of collecting
  • Knowledge of customs regulations is an asset

Possible Future Career Paths

  • General Manager
  • Owner/Operator

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