Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries (NOC 5212)

About this job

People in this occupation:

  • classify and catalogue museum and gallery artifacts
  • construct and install exhibits and displays
  • restore, maintain and store museum and gallery collections
  • frame artwork, and perform other functions in support of curatorial and conservation activities
  • work in museums and galleries.

Picture framers and taxidermists may also be employed in retail settings or may be self-employed.

This group also includes museum and other interpreters who conduct guided tours. They work at: art galleries and museums, parks, aquariums and zoos, interpretive centres and botanical gardens, cultural centres and nature sanctuaries and historic and heritage sites and other locations.

Common job titles
  • cataloguer, museum / museum objects
  • interpreter / interpretive guide, museum
  • interpreter, heritage site / historic site
  • interpreter, park / zoo
  • interpreter, planetarium
  • officer, museum

Duties

Conservation and restoration technicians:

  • help with the restoration and conservation of artifacts under the direction of a conservator

Curatorial assistants:

  • help with the research, handling and storage of artifacts

Museum interpreters:

  • give tours of museums, gallery exhibitions and historical, heritage and other sites
  • answer inquiries and provide information concerning exhibits or sites

Museum extension officers:

  • help with the planning and development of travelling exhibitions and special events

Museology technicians:

  • protect and care for cultural artifacts and collections during exhibitions, while in transit and in storage

Museum registrars and cataloguers:

  • classify and assign registration numbers to artifacts and supervise inventory control

Preparators:

  • build displays and dioramas (small-scale replica of a scene)
  • build models
  • install artifacts in displays and prepare artifacts for storage and shipping

Picture framers:

  • make custom frames
  • measure and cut mattes
  • matte enhancements and glass
  • mount paintings, photographs and other art work

Taxidermists:

  • prepare and mount skins of birds or animals for preservation, scientific or display purposes

Special duties

Technical museum and gallery workers may specialize in a specific type of collection.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work usually takes place in an indoor museum or workshop setting.
  • Workers may be exposed to dust, strong odours or toxic substances.
  • Working with machinery, instruments or power tools may be a source of injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Museum interpreters may require specific scientific or academic credentials to work for some museums, nature centres or other sites.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.