Gallery Museum and Tour Guide

Gallery, Museum, and Tour Guides work in art galleries, museums, and libraries to greet and show visitors around exhibitions and displays. They also assist curators, artists, and librarians with organising and displaying works of art, historical displays or artefacts, and book selections. They conduct research and mount displays according to their findings, as well as doing inventory and preserving work in archives.

Duties and tasks

  • Accompanying visitors to the gallery, library, or museum, and offering additional information on displays
  • Designing display cases and setting up display areas
  • Greeting visitors upon arrival to the institution
  • Preparing objects and artefacts for display purposes
  • Researching to verify data or hypotheses

Skills required

  • Basic design capabilities
  • Keen spatial awareness
  • Organisation and time management
  • Public speaking
  • Written and oral communications skills

Working conditions

Gallery, Museum, and Tour Guides work in art galleries, many types of museums, and libraries. These may be of a public or private nature, and hours are commensurate with the opening times of the particular institution.

Professional associations / Industry information

Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia

Tourism Training Australia

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