A museum is an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. A museum curator is a professional who is responsible to manage or oversee collections of a museum. The collection could be paintings, photographs, sculptures, manuscripts, textiles, or exhibits of science and technology.
Who is a Museum Curator?
Curator means “care" in Latin language. Curators at museums will generally assemble and look after a ‘‘permanent collection’’ of items which belong to the museum. They acquire, examine, identify and classify specimens. They also arrange conservation and restoration work. They keep and maintain records, organize and display the specimens.
Museum curators can specialize in anthropology, art, decorative arts, natural history, social history, science or technology. They mainly work inside the museums or art galleries but some times travel on field study as well. They are responsible for the institution and its collection.
They are highly influential in the cultural sector. They decide what is held in collections and shown in exhibitions. They are responsible for the success of some artists and the failure of others.. For specific exhibitions they will locate and buy or borrow other items from institutions or individual collectors. Art gallery curators have a very similar role, but will often also work closely with artists to create and develop work to a specific brief. Generally the role of a curator is about collecting and exhibiting artifacts or works of art, it also involves administrative, and increasingly, outreach work. This may involve fundraising for exhibitions, providing educational tools, and working to increase the profile of an institution or exhibition.
An art restorer can be in fact called as the manager or keeper accountable for restoring any arts to its original form and keeping them well-preserved. An art can be anything from a simple painting to a masterpiece that involves traditional importance. The curator sometimes has the responsibility for the acquisition and caring of various art forms.
The person oversees the collections, make short and descriptive texts according to the items of historical importance and value and communicate with other museum-goes to spread knowledge. This is an excellent job role involving enthusiasm, fun and above all collecting and displaying objects having scientific, historical or artistic value.
Art restorer is a professional who cleans, repairs and restores a damaged work of art to a state similar to its original condition. Art restorers usually specialize in a particular field or genre.