What does a Curator do?
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Curators manage, preserve, and maintain historical artifacts. They differentiate an artifacts origins and categorize them by the findings. A curator must be very knowledgeable in history, culture, and art in order to complete this. A curator may also give tours and educate the public or train students on varies historical time periods and its artifacts.
How to Become a Curator
Curators most earn a minimum of a Masters degree, however you will first need to earn a bachelor’s degree in order to move own to earn a Masters degree. Most employers would prefer you earn a degree in museum studies, art, history, archeology, anthropology, and other similar areas. It is recommended during or before your graduate studies to obtain an internship. Check out your local communities museums and see if they offer volunteer or internship opportunities.
Job Description of a Curator
A curator usually perform their job tasks onsite. A curator would oversee collections of artwork and/or historic items. They are involved in the preparation of artifacts for storage and shipping. They would assemble, install, and arrange the artifacts for a museum’s exhibitions and secure the safety and condition of the artifact.
They also have the important role of carrying out educational tours to the general public and oversee technical, curatorial and training to students. A curator should be aware of any potential problems that may occur and find ways to correct them. They can be found working in places other than a museum, such as a zoo, historical sites, botanical gardens, and even aquariums.
A curator would appraise, edit and maintain records in libraries or museums that are historically valuable. This would include photographing, and documenting an artifact’s condition and status in order to correctly appraise it for value and historical accuracy or other requirement.