Profession museum scientist

Museum scientists perform and/or manage the curatorial, preparatory and clerical work in general museums, research collection repositories, botanical gardens, art galleries, fine arts related collections, aquariums or similar areas with collections of natural, historical and anthropological material that is educational, scientific or aesthetic in purpose; and perform other related duties as required.

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Personality Type


  • Collection management software

    Be familiar with specialised collection management software used to document and keep record of the museum collection.

  • Art collections

    The variety of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and other works that form collections in a museum and prospective new collections which are of interest for a museum or art gallery.

  • Museum databases

    The tools and processes involved in working with museum databases.


  • Supervise special visitors

    Serve as docents for special visitors and groups.

  • Study a collection

    Research and trace the origins and the historical significance of collections and archive content.

  • Select loan objects

    Select specimens for exhibitions loans.

  • Prepare exhibition programs

    Work on exhibition programs and write concept texts.

  • Work with cultural venue specialists

    Call upon the competence of other professionals and specialists, from within and outside the organisation, to contribute to activities and provide documents to improve public access to collections and exhibitions.

  • Maintain museum records

    Keep museum records current and in conformity with museum standards.

  • Communicate in English in a competent way

    Competent use of English; R351refers to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

  • Advise on acquisitions

    Investigate acquisition options, compare them and give advice.

  • Perform lectures

    Present lectures to various groups.

  • Document museum collection

    Registrars are concerned with documentation and record keeping of museum collections. Documentation includes information about an object's condition, provenance, materials, and all of its movements within the museum or out on loan.

  • Use ICT recources to solve work related tasks

    Ability to choose and use ICT recources in order to solve related tasks

  • Supervise projects for the conservation of heritage buildings

    Supervise protection and restoration projects of cultural heritage. Use own expertise to make sure the project runs smoothly.

  • Maintain catalogue collection

    Describe, inventorise and catalogue items in the collection.

  • Monitor museum environment

    Monitor and document environmental conditions in a museum, in storage as well as exhibition facilities. Make sure an adapted and stable climate is guaranteed.

  • Report analysis results

    Produce research documents or give presentations to report the results of a conducted research and analysis project, indicating the analysis procedures and methods which led to the results, as well as potential interpretations of the results.

Optional knowledge and skills

respect cultural differences in the field of exhibition provide project information on exhibitions present exhibition liaise with cultural partners direct an artistic team perform project management

Source: Sisyphus ODB