Restores, maintains, or prepares objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.
This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Professional Support Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Installs, arranges, assembles, and prepares artifacts for exhibition, ensuring the artifacts' safety, reporting their status and condition, and identifying and correcting any problems with the set up.
- Repairs, restores, and reassembles artifacts, designing and fabricating missing or broken parts, to restore them to their original appearance and prevent deterioration.
- Cleans objects, such as paper, textiles, wood, metal, glass, rock, pottery, and furniture, using cleansers, solvents, soap solutions, and polishes.
- Determines whether objects need repair and chooses the safest and most effective method of repair.
- Photographs objects for documentation.
- Prepares artifacts for storage and shipping.
- Enters information about museum collections into computer databases.
- Recommends preservation procedures, such as control of temperature and humidity, to curatorial and building staff.
- Notifies superior when restoration of artifacts requires outside experts.
- Supervises and works with volunteers.
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