Museum Curator 2


Recruitment #230424-5856AR-001


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The State of Connecticut, Connecticut State Library (CSL), is currently accepting applications for the position of Museum Curator 2, with the Museum of Connecticut History, in Hartford, CT. The Museum of Connecticut History has been collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting objects related to Connecticut’s political, industrial, and military history since 1910. Permanent and changing exhibits trace the growth of the State and its role in the development of the nation from the Colonial era to the present. 

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As the expert on the museum’s collections, Museum Curator 2 is responsible for identifying objects appropriate for acquisition and maintaining loans with other museums. Museum Curator 2 will be a seasoned professional in the museum and history field who remains conversant on current best practices in the museum field, with particular attention paid to collections care, exhibits, and historical interpretation, and has an in-depth familiarity with the history and context of the collections. Additionally, Museum Curator 2 will be responsible for:
  • Organization, storage, and preservation of the museum’s extensive collection of objects
  • Responding to inquiries about collections items in a timely, proficient, and courteous manner 
  • Conducting historical research 
  • Providing interpretive content 
  • Planning and implementing exhibits of museum collections
  • Maintaining the museum’s collections management database
  • Performs related duties as required


  • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Full time, First shift
  • Some remote work possible
CSL is an Executive Branch agency founded in 1854. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services for citizens of Connecticut, as well as for the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. CSL also serves students, libraries, researchers, and town governments.

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In the State Library or Department of Economic and Community Development, Division of Culture, this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks in curatorial work in the research, documentation, conservation and exhibition of major historical museum collections.


Performs the most complex curatorial duties in a museum collection; researches historical collections to determine origin, age and value; documents historical artifacts and identifies their relevance to Connecticut history; determines need for restoration work on historical and artistic collections; accessions, registers and catalogs collection items and new aquisitions; maintains master log and other records systems; plans and designs collection exhibits; supervises and trains staff; may subcontract for necessary professional preservation services; may prepare grants for funding; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of American history with particular reference to social, cultural and technological trends as reflected in museum collections and themes; considerable knowledge of methods used in cataloging, preservation, restoration and storage of historic collections; knowledge of basic research materials; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to perform historic research; considerable ability to prepare exhibits of museum collections; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of professional museum experience with responsibility for preservation and exhibition of historical museum collections.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been performing curatorial work at or above the level of Museum Curator 1.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in American history, American studies, archaeology, art history or a related museum subject area may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. Completion of certified graduate training programs in Museum Studies (such as those offered by Cooperstown or Winterthur) may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of thirty (30) semester hours equalling one and one-half (1 1/2) years of experience.


  • Experience working at a museum or historical society 
  • Experience using collections management software
  • Experience caring for historical objects
  • Experience with historical interpretation and the development of exhibits
  • Experience with Connecticut’s industrial, political, or military history 
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Experience interacting with patrons through phone, email, and face-to-face communication



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.