A museum curator, also known as a museum director, works for historical, cultural and artistic treasure centers and sites of interest. Museums are also operated through a zoo, an aquarium, a botanical garden or nature center. A museum curator is in charge of important items or files, art, photos and other valuables. They assist in preservation of history and culture. A museum curator also directs how certain artifacts are arranged or displayed and the directories that list any collectibles that are used in the displays.
Sometimes a museum curator is the person that walks around with the public when there is a tour of a museum or a zoo. The curator will also hold classes and teach things related to historical art and the preservation and displaying of art. Museums chiefly deal with things that have a biological or historical importance to them. Some of these important things are art sculptures, fabrics, archaeological finds and works of art.
Nowadays, museums are involved in promotional events and fundraisers. For these jobs or volunteered services, a curator writes letters to help an organization get grants. The curator writes articles and press releases for publishing and attends conferences for fundraisers and promotions.
Museum directors have training and education in botany, history and paleontology. Some are able to restore ancient artifacts and set up these restored valuables in a display at their museum. A curator will need a master’s degree that is related to art, history, archaeology and the study of museums.
For some jobs, the curator may have to go on with schooling and receive a doctoral degree, especially if they wish to be a science museum curator that involves natural history and work in scientific or historical museums.
Other classes taken while attending school are chemistry, computer operating and computer software programs, physics and art. It will be to a person’s advantage if he or she were to study digital imaging, laws regarding copyrights and the technology of scanning with electronic equipment, such as computers and printers. The knowledge of digital imaging and the other computer-related knowledge will better equip a person for the marketing plans used later on in their museum curator’s career. It does not hurt to have good communication skills, as well. Written and verbal communication skills are a must in any industry and how these communications are conducted will either break or make a person’s career.
There are approximately 11,000 museum curators employed in the United States. The combination of museum curators, archivists and museum technicians equals to approximately 30,000 people employed. It is expected that by the time the year 2018 rolls around, there may be at least 14,000 curators working. The average annual income for a museum curator is $45,000.
The modern type of marketing for museums is more efficient than running newspaper ads or advertising in magazines. The favorite ways of marketing are now done by the curator on the Internet. They are typically involved in social media and Internet marketing strategies to promote events and fund-raisers for the museum.