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Museum Attendant

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Gallery Attendant.

Museum attendants work in the public spaces of museums, greeting visitors and attending to enquiries, and ensuring the protection of exhibits.

Museum attendants generally work indoors but may be required to travel with exhibitions and displays.


    Museum attendants may perform the following tasks:

  • conduct tours of museums or galleries
  • answer enquiries
  • direct visitors to specific exhibits
  • give visitors information about exhibits
  • control visitors' access to exhibits
  • check that all visitors have departed at closing time
  • prevent unauthorised entry
  • inspect membership cards, admission passes and tickets
  • patrol the museum or gallery to ensure security


  • interested in museums or art galleries
  • able to process large amounts of information
  • outgoing and friendly nature
  • good communication skills
  • able to handle groups of people with ease

Interest Area

Clerical/Administrative Influencing/Personal Contact


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a museum attendant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Employers usually prefer those who can demonstrate a genuine interest in the collection. Carrying out volunteer work may improve employment prospects.

You can also become a museum attendant through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Information and Cultural Services or Tourism. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Library, Information and Cultural Services or Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Packages that will expand your career opportunities within these industries.


Museum attendants are employed in a variety of roles, usually by a museum, but they can also work in other institutions such as galleries, universities or other cultural institutions.

Many people volunteer as a museum attendant prior to obtaining paid employment.

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