Curatorial Volunteers

This volunteer opportunity includes collections development and research; collections management, including recording keeping; and collections care, including re-housing. Other opportunities include working on the research and development of, and installation and de-installation of, exhibitions. This is an excellent experience for someone interested in pursuing a career in the museum field with an emphasis on curatorial work.

Duties also include:

  • Primary research on museum objects being considered for acquisition, loan, or exhibition
  • Answering phone and e-mail inquiries from the general public related to museum collections
  • Inventorying objects from the permanent collection currently in storage or on long- or short-term loan
  • Processing temporary receipts, including appropriate paperwork, tagging, description, research, and storage
  • Data entry of catalog information
  • Loan processing, including updating/renewing incoming and outgoing loans, creating files and paperwork for new incoming and outgoing loans, arranging insurance and shipping, and completing condition reports
  • Maintaining and updating filing system for existing and new accession files
  • Participating in all aspects of installation, de-installation, rotation, and refreshing of permanent and temporary exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions