Prepares specimens, such as fossils, skeletal parts, lace, and textiles, for museum collection and exhibits. May restore documents or install, arrange, and exhibit materials.
This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Visual Arts pathway.
A person in this career:
- Cleans objects, such as paper, textiles, wood, metal, glass, rock, pottery, and furniture, using cleansers, solvents, soap solutions, and polishes.
- Determines whether objects need repair and chooses the safest and most effective method of repair.
- Installs, arranges, assembles, and prepares artifacts for exhibition, ensuring the artifacts' safety, reporting their status and condition, and identifying and correcting any problems with the set up.
- Directs and supervises curatorial, technical, and student staff in the handling, mounting, care, and storage of art objects.
- Performs tests and examinations to establish storage and conservation requirements, policies, and procedures.
- Prepares artifacts for storage and shipping.
- Photographs objects for documentation.
- Coordinates exhibit installations, assisting with design, constructing displays, dioramas, display cases, and models, and ensuring the availability of necessary materials.
- Notifies superior when restoration of artifacts requires outside experts.
- Leads tours and teaches educational courses to students and the general public.