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Job Title – Museum Curator


A Museum Curator manages collections of historical or artistic objects, or those of archaeological, scientific or general interest. 

Typical Job Activities

Develops and organises new collections to expand and improve educational and research facilities
Extensively researches, negotiates prices on and buys items such as sculptures, statues and paintings that can add value to the collection
Maintains records and cataloguing acquisitions
Researches, compiles and prepares written information about catalogues and publishing it on the institution's website
Collaborates with other institutions
Ensures that collections are properly preserved
Raises funds and grants
Interviews, hires and trains new staff

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
For a Degree Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Art History, Arts Administration, Event/Exhibition Management or History at a University
For a diploma in related courses at a Technikon

Compulsory subjects: None
Recommended subjects: Art, Languages and Mathematics

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be observant
Be trustworthy
Be polite and helpful
Be able to communicate well
Be a good organiser

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Possible Employers

Research institutes
Art Galleries

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Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can be of service to people
I can communicate and interact with people