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A Museum Assistant takes care of customers and the security of artefacts and galleries. They patrol the building and make sure the exhibits are in good order. They also carry out admin tasks and clean the museum.

What does a Museum assistant do?
A Museum Assistant must know security procedures as they will be expected to patrol the building and monitor security of exhibits. A typical day for a Museum Assistant will be:
  • Patrolling the buildings and checking the security of exhibits

  • Issuing entrance tickets

  • Cleaning the museum

  • Helping staff move and change displays

  • Talking to visitors

  • Offering direction to visitors

  • Preparing and delivering education programs and tours

  • Providing say-to-day admin support such as answering the phone, undertaking retail duties (in the museum shop or ticket stand)

  • Assisting with special museum events

  • Chatting with the wax figurines when they come to live at night
Skills & interests required for a Museum assistant
  • The ability to engage with the public

  • A sociable and helpful attitude

  • A good understanding of professional museum standards

  • The ability to remain alert over long periods of time

  • The capacity to act fast in an emergency situation

  • Good communication and presentation skills

  • A good understanding of the museum and its history – assistants may be expected to offer tours

  • Retail experience as they may be expected to help in the museum gift shop or issue tickets
What hours does a Museum assistant typically do?
Museum Assistants tend to work around 37 hours a week, including weekends and evenings.
What environment is a Museum assistant based in?
An office or around the museum.
How much does a Museum assistant get paid?
A Museum Assistant just starting out is expected to earn between £15,000 and £18,000 per annum.

Experienced Museum Assistants earn between £19,000 to £22,000 per annum.
Perks & benefits
A miniature Owen Wilson.
What qualifications does a Museum assistant need?
There are no minimum qualifications needed for this role. But, if you have left school with a handful of GCSEs you will have the upper hand when applying.

You will be expected to show an interest in the museum and the work that they do. For example if you apply to the Bluebell Railway, you will be expected to be passionate and knowledgeable about the railway

Experience in customer service roles is useful since a Museum Assistant will be dealing with the public on a daily basis.
Further reading
Museums Association

Photo by George Hodan, resized and cropped.

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