Advertising & Arts
Museum or Art Gallery Attendant
Museum & art gallery attendants greet visitors, attend to enquiries, and ensure the protection of exhibits.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Museum or Art Gallery Attendant do?
Museum & art gallery attendants work in the public spaces of museums and art galleries, greeting visitors, attending to enquiries, and ensuring the protection of exhibits.
As a museum or art gallery attendant, you would:
- conduct tours of museums or galleries
- answer visitor enquiries
- control visitors' access to, and direct visitors to, exhibits
- inspect membership cards, admission passes and tickets
- serve customers in the museum gift shop
- check that all visitors have departed at closing time.
Key skills and interests
To become a museum or art gallery attendant, you would need:
- an interest in museums or art galleries
- excellent customer service skills
- good communication and people skills
- the ability to react quickly in an emergency
- to be able to handle groups of people with ease
- a responsible attitude to your work
- an awareness of security issues.
Working hours and conditions
You would normally work a standard number of hours per week, including weekend and public holiday opening hours. Part-time work should be readily available.
Your would have to stand for long periods. You may need to wear a uniform, especially in a larger museum.
How to become an Museum or Art Gallery Attendant?
Entry Level Education
You can work as an art gallery or museum attendant without formal qualifications. Employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent. You would get some training on the job. Carrying out volunteer work may improve your employment prospects.
Employment opportunities for museum and art gallery attendants are growing at or about the average for all occupations.
Modest but ongoing expansion of long established and prominent art galleries museums is being accompanied by the development of privately funded ones.
Technological advancements could likely present some challenges to this occupation in the medium term.