Job type

Museum assistant

£15k - £22k

Typical salary

37 – 43

Hours per week

Museum assistants take care of customers and security in museums and galleries.

More info

  • Assist with the day-to-day running of a museum or gallery
  • You'll need a passion for history and culture, and a willingness to do a range of different duties
  • A great way to build experience for roles in curation, events, exhibitions or education

As a museum assistant, you'll ensure the smooth running of the museum you are working in, assisting visitors.


  • Patrolling buildings to monitor security
  • Making sure exhibits are in good order
  • Talking to visitors about exhibitions
  • Helping curators to change displays and exhibitions
  • Creating labels for objects and recording items on display
  • Issuing entrance tickets
  • Serving in a museum shop
  • Carrying out administrative tasks and cleaning


You'll work in a museum.

You'll need

For this role, you'll need an interest and knowledge of history, thoroughness and attention to detail, the ability to work well with others, flexibility and openness to change, good initiative, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and knowledge of teaching.

Direct application is possible for this role as you do not need any particular qualifications to become a museum assistant. You'll need a good general standard of education, especially in English and maths.

You could get this job through a cultural learning and participation officer or museums technician advanced apprenticeship. You could also do an apprenticeship in cultural and heritage venue operations.

Work experience is very important for this role, as it will give you a better understanding of the role and enable you to make contacts.


With experience and relevant qualifications, you could become a programmes assistant, volunteer coordinator or assistant curator. You could also become a learning assistant or education officer.