Perform hands-on work on museum items, like cleaning and arranging.
What does a Museum Technician do?
A Museum Technician works directly with items that make up the collections and exhibits in museums. This includes everything from cleaning and moving sculptures, to setting up exhibitions and rearranging wall space. There are several levels of seniority based upon experience and expertise for Museum Technicians, but one thing is assured, you get to come in contact with lots of cool stuff.
The museum’s inventory is not only priceless, it is also precious. As with Museum Curators, your job is to make sure each piece is well taken care of. From cleaning and restoration processes to cataloging and placement in exhibits, you help to maintain the museums’ worldly goods on a daily basis.
A good Museum Technician has a keen interest in history and art and an understanding of styles, genres, and time periods. But this is better than being an Art Historian, because you get to interact with what you love: You build and repair displays, use chemical sciences to properly handle and care for delicate objects, and have an unquenchable thirst for information.
In this position, then, you use both hands and mind to create a better environment for treasured works. With continued education you can advance your career into teaching and become a Professor or Curator, or venture into the private sector as an Art Dealer or Gallery Director.