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Working at the Smithsonian


  • Curators are responsible for the care and interpretation of the artifacts or specimens within their segment of a museum’s collection. They make recommendations for acquisitions, and interpret the collection through published works, public presentations for both scholarly and public audiences and exhibitions.
  • They lead exhibit development teams consisting of educators, designers, fabricators, facilities staff and in some cases, on especially large projects, outside contractors to design and/or fabricate all or part of an exhibit. Exhibitions can be multi-million dollar efforts that take years to complete.
  • Over time Curators get to know serious collectors and people interested in the subject matter of their collection. These contacts can be the basis for acquiring gifts of artifacts or monetary donations. Curators are occasionally called on to make presentations or give tours to perspective donors and visiting dignitaries.

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