Museum curators look after and manage exhibitions.

What does a museum curator do?

Museum curators look after and manage exhibitions. You could be looking after artistic, scientific or historical exhibits. You’ll design the exhibition, how it’s laid out, and what items are included in the gallery. You’ll need good organisational skills and specialist knowledge of the items being exhibited.

What do I need to do to become a museum curator?

You’ll usually be expected to have a relevant degree and postgraduate qualification. This could be in science, history, archaeology, art history, museum management, or heritage studies. Management experience is also highly desirable.

To get on a relevant degree you will need five GCSEs A-C, including maths, English and science and at least two A levels. Generally there are no specific subjects required, though humanities subjects such as history, religious studies and geography can be helpful. Archaeological science degrees will require at least one science A level. 

Related skills

  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Administration
  • Customer service
  • Literacy
  • IT
  • Interpersonal skills

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Biology
  • English
  • Foreign languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious studies

Essential qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject

Desirable qualifications

  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant subject

Where could I be working?

You will be working indoors, and for a small or medium-sized business.

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