To work as a curator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- have a bachelor's degree; and
- have a master's degree.
Education after high school
Curators usually need a master's degree in the same area as the museum's specialty. Areas of focus include history, art, and archeology. Curators often have a second master's degree in museum science. You should also take courses in business administration, marketing, and fundraising.
Many curators work in museums while they complete a degree program. This can give you great hands-on experience. Volunteer work or an internship at a museum or art gallery can also give you good experience. Work as a technician or research assistant is good preparation.
New curators often receive training at their job. They learn the unique methods used at that site as well as about the collection. Training may last up to six months.