Curators are in charge of museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, and historical sites. They put together collections of objects, such as art, sculpture, fish or animals, textiles, or important objects from history.
• Buy objects for their collection
• Plan how to display the objects
• Do research
• Create learning programs for kids and adults
• Raise money for their organization
• Write articles
• Attend meetings
Where and When:
• Most work in museums, historical sites, and zoos.
• Some work for educational institutions or the government.
• They work with documents, read books, and use the computer.
• They need to be able to work flexible hours.
What or Who They Work With:
• They work with technicians and conservators (who actually care for the objects).
• They have to work with people who want to donate or sell their objects.
• Curators create exciting programs for the people who visit their facility.
Education and Training:
• A doctorate degree in art, history, archeology, biology.
• Sometimes you have to have a second degree in museum studies.
• An internship is often needed.
• Good research and computer skills.
Related School Subjects:
• Social studies
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