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Top 10 Fine Art Museums Around the World - Art Museum Jobs

Employment Info for the World's Best Fine Art Museums


You are an arts professional, so put your art expertise to good use. Why not work in one of the top fine art museums in the world?

And be sure to brush up on your foreign language skills, as most of the museums listed require knowledge of its native tongue in order to be hired.

1. The Louvre Museum, Paris

France, Paris, Louvre, visitors looking at Mona Lisa
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"The Louvre is home to a host of different activities and specialisms. Most of its 2,000 staff, including curators, visitor services personnel etc., are public-sector employees. A range of other services, from electrical maintenance to graphic design and fire prevention, are contracted out."

Read a short profile of the Louvre Museum.

2. The British Museum, London

"From gallery assistants to curators, janitors to administrators, whether they are managing the collections, visitors or resources, each member of the British Museum's 900 strong workforce helps to ensure that each of our five million annual visitors has a memorable visit and will come back again and again."

Current job opportunities at the British Museum.

Read a short profile of the British Museum.

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

The Met's Christmas Tree
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"Career opportunities in the Museum require all levels of training, experience, and education for positions in administrative, curatorial, retail, security, trade, and professional areas. The Museum's renowned Curatorial, Conservation, and Education Departments, as well as the Libraries, provide the opportunity to work with leading scholars and art historians."

"Throughout the year a variety of entry-level and professional career opportunities may become available in the administrative areas. Administrative departments, supporting the Museum's mission, employ staff in Facilities, Finance, Information Systems and Technology, Communications, Merchandising, Human Resources, and Development. Opportunities may also open up for individuals with a desire to work with Museum visitors and guests in the Special Events, Visitor Services, Security, and Retail Departments."

Read a short profile about the Met.

4. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

the State Heritage Museum
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"The Volunteer Service offers all interested members of the public to become acquainted with the work of the State Hermitage Museum and its staff, to participate directly in the preparation and running of various events, and also to work on a numerous number of interesting projects."

Here is a short profile of the State Hermitage Museum.

5. Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Contact the Personnel Office of one of the oldest and most famous art museums.

Read here for a short profile of the Uffizi Gallery.

6. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

"The National Gallery of Art is a federal government institution and is required to conform to federal civil service regulations and procedures in filling its job vacancies. Most of our positions are federally funded; however, there are privately funded positions as well. United States citizenship is required for all federal jobs and for permanent privately funded positions."

"There are approximately 1,000 employees working at the National Gallery. While many positions require a background in art history, there are also numerous positions for employees involved with aspects of the museum's daily operations. Salespeople, security guards, and visitor service aides assist the millions of people visiting the Gallery each year. We also offer employment opportunities in library science, accounting, fundraising, facilities management, administration, information systems, and other technical areas."

Read a short profile of the National Gallery of Art.

7. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

"Job vacancies are only available in Dutch on the Dutch version of this site."

"The Rijksmuseum offers internships at various departments. Internship requests (letter and cv) are welcome. Consideration of the request is only possible if the letter contains the following information: name of educational institution, department of interest, period and duration of internship. Requests should be submitted at least 6 weeks before the start of the internship."

Here is a short profile on the Rijksmuseum.

8. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Museo del Prado
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The Museo Nacional del Prado has job listings in Spanish only.

Read a short profile of the Prado Museum.

9. National Palace Museum, Taipei

The National Palace Museum in Taipei has a link for jobs.

They also have a dynamic volunteer program for those studying Chinese culture.

Here is a short profile of the National Palace Museum.

10. The Vatican Museums, Vatican City

Sistine Chapel
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Looking for job listings or the personnel contact info for the Vatican Museums is like searching for the da Vinci code.

Read a short profile of the Vatican Museums.

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