Museum Curator


Going inside the famous Louvre Museum, museum goers just can’t help but be in eternal awe with the timeless pieces of art to be found there like the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and a host of other artworks. Naturally, these priceless masterpieces did not go to the museum by themselves but were arranged for by somebody and that somebody is the Museum Curator.

The Museum Curators, especially if the museum is the Louvre in Paris or the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. or the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, would find that time come and go so fast because they would have a lot of responsibility in their hands administratively, academically and financially.

Administratively, the day-to-day affairs of the museum are the overall responsibility of all curators. Making sure that everything is in order is already a monumental task. It is necessary to make the museum always sparkling and shining before it officially opens for business. One source of income for the museum is from entrance fees collected and having a dirty museum would just drive the viewing public away. Since a lot of people is expected to come and view the museum’s priced exhibits, it is the Curator’s job to set a decorum of order for the museum’s special guests like restricting them from touching the art pieces or eating food during the guided tours. Security is perhaps the most important job a curator should always give emphasis to. The art pieces are considered priceless and so arranging necessary security measures like installation of an extremely thief deterrent system and hiring ushers are essential. Some museums doesn’t even put on display the genuine piece but instead put on an exact replica so that those who might be planning a heist would be disappointed in case they do pull off a fast one.

Academically, the Curator needs to showcase the art pieces in a way that a trip to the museum is an educational one. Usually, museums have tour guides who take care of informing the public the significance of just about anything the museum put up in display. Basically, museums are tied up with universities and research institutions. Curators have the power to plan and conduct special research projects sometimes on their own accord or sometimes in collusion with universities and research institutions.

On the financial aspect, Curators are the ones responsible informing the board of directors what’s happening with the museum’s financial soundness. Accounting every penny spent on researches, on repairs, on acquisitions, on personnel wages and on marketing activities to attract more museum goers should be presented in a clear and detailed manner. Usually, most museums get by through philanthropic donations and government appropriations and so there is really no pressure for museums to earn money and so detailed accounting is a necessary task if indeed they do depend on donations.

Museum Curators are indeed busy men and women. If they are not in the museum probably they are meeting with potential grant donors or private individuals who own priceless arts pleading them to loan their masterpieces for an exhibit in their museum, they are probably teaching at a university somewhere explaining the mummification process or the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. A lot of Curators are actually archeologists because more or less their experience from seeking out funds for research and knowledge in historical events make them perfect for the job.