Museum curator

Museum curator

Museum curators are responsible for filling museums with amazing objects, from ancient fossils to futuristic technologies. Biology is a useful subject for museum curators, as it touches on many historical and cultural fields.

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Museums around the world need experts to fill their exhibits with incredible things. Curators are responsible for this important task: they acquire, maintain and display objects of historic or scientific interest, informing and educating the public.

What's cool about being a museum curator?

Getting hands on with an awesome collection of priceless treasures

Educating the public about some of the world’s most amazing topics

Working with people around the globe and promoting cultural exchange

Subjects you'll need

The broader your range of scientific knowledge, the more opportunities you will have as a museum curator. Biology, chemistry and physics will all be valuable qualifications in this career. If you’re fascinated by ancient artefacts, history will help you to explore this interest. Museums often use extensive online databases, so computing skills will help you too.

Fun fact

The Natural History Museum in London contains 80 million different scientific specimens. Its most famous resident, Dippy the diplodocus, has been on display for 112 years, and will soon be visiting other museums around the UK as part of a national tour.

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