5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

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Lead statement

This unit group includes workers who classify and catalogue museum artifacts and gallery works of art, 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. They are employed in museums and galleries. Picture framers and taxidermists may also be employed in retail settings or may be self-employed. This unit group also includes museum and other interpreters who conduct guided tours. They are employed by art galleries, museums, parks, aquariums, zoos, interpretive centres, botanical gardens, cultural centres, nature sanctuaries, historic and heritage sites, and other locations.

Example Titles

  • museum registrar
  • museology technician
  • museum extension officer
  • heritage interpreter
  • conservation technician – museums and art galleries
  • paintings restoration technician
  • museum objects cataloguer
  • restoration technician – museum
  • museum technician
  • taxidermist
  • picture framer – museum and art gallery
  • art gallery preparator

Inclusion(s)

  • zoo interpreter
  • historical interpreter
  • museum interpreter
  • nature site interpreter

Main duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

  • Conservation and restoration technicians assist in the restoration and conservation of artifacts under the direction of a conservator.
  • Curatorial assistants assist in the research, handling and storage of artifacts.
  • Museum interpreters conduct tours of museums, gallery exhibitions and historical, heritage and other sites, answer inquiries and provide information concerning exhibits or sites.
  • Museum extension officers assist 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 construct displays and dioramas, build models, install artifacts in displays and prepare artifacts for storage and shipping.
  • Picture framers fabricate custom frames, measure and cut mats, mat enhancements and glass, and mount paintings, photographs and other art work.
  • Taxidermists prepare, stuff and mount skins of animals for preservation, scientific or display purposes.
  • Technical museum and gallery workers may specialize in a specific type of collection.

Employment requirements

  • Registrars, cataloguers and interpreters may require a university degree in a field related to museum and gallery work.
  • For other occupations in this unit group, completion of a college program in museum technology or conservation technology or Completion of other technical or on-the-job training programs related to the work are required.

Additional information

  • Museum interpreters may require specific scientific or academic credentials for employment by some museums, nature centres or other sites.

Exclusions

  • Assistant curators (in 51125112 Conservators and curators)
  • Museum exhibit designers (in 52435243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers)
  • Tour and travel guides (65316531)