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What does a typical day for a museum curator/manager look like?

Asked New York, New York

Hi! I am a high school senior and I want to major in history in college. I am interested in becoming a museum curator and I am interested in every aspect of the career itself. #history #museums #museum-education

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Daniela’s Answer

Updated State of Goiás, State of Goiás, Brazil

Hi Jazzmim,

The specific responsibilities of a curator can vary from museum to museum. At a small independent museum or gallery, a curator may, in effect, be the manager. This would involve looking after the collection, operations, staff and volunteers. At a large national museum or gallery, on the other hand, a curator may be responsible for one specific area of the collection, for research in a specific field of knowledge and for the management of a small team of assistants and volunteers.

Whatever the size of their workplace, a museum or gallery curator's job is likely to include:

-responsibility for a collection of artefacts or works of art; -acquiring objects or collections of interest to the museum/gallery; -cataloguing acquisitions and keeping records; -carrying out background research and writing catalogues; -displaying objects or collections in way that makes them accessible and engaging to the general public; -writing materials and articles for the website; -writing articles for internal and external publications; -planning, organising, interpreting and presenting exhibitions and lectures; -collection documentation and management; -collaborating with other museum departments, such as education, fundraising, marketing and conservation; -negotiating loan items and external loans and the accompanying funding; -handling enquiries from researchers and the public; -dealing with and understanding computer-generated imagery and website software as part of enhancing the -visitor experience and interaction; -budget planning, forecasting and reporting; -staff management, recruitment, annual appraisals and disciplinary matters; -staff training, promotion and development; -dealing with enquiries from clients and stakeholders; -liaising with voluntary groups, the community and industry (including schools, local history and other community groups), as well as grant agencies to secure sponsorship for events, publications and development projects; -liaising with management boards, governors, trustees and local council and political groups to secure the future of the museum; -networking with other museum and art gallery professionals and outside agencies.

It's essential to construct innovative and creative exhibitions that appeal to a wide cross-section of the general public.

Sorce: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/museum_gallery_curator_job_description.htm

I hope this information can help you!!!