Curator of Exhibits – Tri-Cities Historical Museum

Application Deadline – May 31, 2018

About the Museum: Located at 200 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven, Michigan, The Tri-Cities Historical Museum features three floors of experiences that help visitors orient the past with the present. A combination of permanent, temporary and outreach exhibits acquaint our visitors and the community with the Tri-Cities’ place in local history.  The Tri-Cities Historical Museum will soon be embarking on a multi-tier update to its permanent exhibit gallery and we are looking for the right person to become an integral part of our team.

Salary range $37,500 – $42,500

40 Hours/Week


Benefits: Paid time off including sick leave, holidays and vacation.  Eligible for Health, Dental and Vision Benefits.

Reports to Director

Qualifications: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree strongly preferred, in history, museum studies, design or related field; and a minimum of 3-5 years of direct exhibit development, installation and management responsibility.  An emphasis will be placed on collaboration, communication and teamwork.

Duties and Responsibilities

Exhibit planning, management, development, design, and fabrication:

  • Conducts research and works collaboratively to prepare concepts, conceptual and detailed designs to effectively convey and interpret an exhibit’s key messages
  • Work with Director to establish annual budgetary needs for exhibits
  • Works with the Curator of Collections to incorporate museum’s collections into exhibits
  • Works with the Curator of Education to develop exhibit text labels, complementary curriculum for exhibits, and associated public programming
  • Work with education staff to develop strong secondary collection for purposes of “hands on” and other interactive exhibits
  • Ability to design and implement components of “hands-on” exhibit elements
  • Ensure that artifacts are exhibited in a safe and protected manner according to industry standards
  • Cultivate collaboration and networking with regional institutions that have objects and materials available to loan or donate to the museum’s collections
  • Work with marketing and design company to create graphics for purpose of exhibition and promotion of current exhibits
  • Prepare, assemble, and send printed exhibit materials to the printer
  • Maintain all aspects of the changing exhibition schedule to assure downtime between exhibits is managed to avoid a negative impact on the visitor and educational experience
  • Plan for renovation or upgrade of gallery interiors, equipment and furniture as needed
  • Maintain/repair permanent and temporary exhibits as needed
  • Oversee work of volunteers in exhibition maintenance and fabrication as well as part-time Curatorial Assistant shared between Exhibits, Collection and Education departments
  • Can effectively demonstrate how exhibits enhance community engagement
  • Create a plan for maintenance and annual cleaning of exhibits
  • Maintain records of each exhibit
  • Must be Tech Savvy
  • Must be comfortable speaking in public settings to large numbers of people

Outreach Exhibits

  • Select and develop themes, subjects, and content for off-site exhibits
  • Research using PastPerfect database and other sources as needed to select photos, objects, and/or archival material that would effectively represent and interpret the subject and content of the exhibit and develop label content for exhibit
  • Design exhibit presentation, order and prepare images and labels, oversee transportation and recordkeeping of artifacts and install and maintain exhibits

Miscellaneous Duties

  • Assist education staff where necessary, training education docents and interpreters regarding the key content of museum exhibits
  • Write articles for the museum’s publications which include River Winds and Grand River Packet
  • Regularly update the exhibits portion of the museum’s website to ensure content is current
  • Write editorials as assigned for the museum’s monthly column in the Grand Haven Tribune
  • Serve on the ArtWalk Committee as a representative for the museum
  • Serve on the museum’s Collections Review Committee
  • Provide event support when possible i.e. ticket selling at concerts, kitchen support at openings, table and linens set up, etc.
  • Organize annual Winterfest Photo Contest
  • Maintain relationships with outside artists groups to create regular art exhibits at the museum
  • Create and maintain relationships with professional colleagues, community members, lenders and donors
  • Contribute content to the museums social media accounts
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director


  • Creative concept and design skills
  • Working knowledge of graphic design software (Adobe Creative Suite, Google SketchUp)
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of hand and power tools during the fabrication process
  • Ability to monitor and maintain exhibits, displays and associated records
  • Ability to work independently, but within a team environment
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include weekends and evenings
  • Experience in lighting design and installation

To Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three examples of previous exhibit installations to Julie Bunke at by May 31, 2018 or via mail to Julie Bunke,

Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417.  For more information please see the website

Posted on the MMA website 5/8.


 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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