Job Profile of Museum Art Handler

A crate used to transport the Andy Warhol collection sits with others at the Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery on February 11, 2015 in London, England.
A crate used to transport the Andy Warhol collection sits with others at the Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery on February 11, 2015 in London, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery

Museum art handlers work full-time in an art museum: their job is to store, move and install artworks.

Duties of a Museum Art Handler:

The museum art handler's duties include hands-on, physical work.

The handler must be able to pack up artworks such as rolling paintings, crating sculptures and packing up art installations and then load them onto the truck.

The handler must be able to drive a box truck.

Building crates and other packing materials require basic carpentry skills.

The handler needs to write condition reports and consignment notes (waybills).

Skills Needed to Be a Museum Art Handler:

  • Loading and driving a truck
  • Building wooden crates
  • Packing up art installations
  • Writing condition reports and consignment notes

Education Needed to Be a Museum Art Handler:

Museum art handlers need museum work experience and technical know-how.

Tools Needed to Be a Museum Art Handler:

Tools are usually provided by the museum, but a museum art handler may have his or her own set of tools.

Further Resources on Museum Art Handling:

Art Handler's Liability and Fine Art Insurance Part 1: Who's responsible when an artwork is damaged during installation? 

Art Installer's Liability + Fine Art Insurance Part 2: Who's responsible for damaged artwork during handling and installation?

Liability of Art Handlers and Fine Art Insurance Interview Part 3: Who's responsible for damaged artwork during handling and installation?

Q and A with Donna Anderson of The Exhibition Alliance on Art Insurance: Art insurance for artists, exhibitions, and museums.