Cover letter for a museum job (5 samples)

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This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a museum job.”

Samples of cover letters for a museum job

To get a museum job, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a museum cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letters for a museum job”

“Charles Smith

555-555-5555

charles.smith@email.com

June 15, 2021

Dear Mr. Goodwin,

I was very excited to see an opening for the position of museum curator at the Franklin Museum of Art. My master’s degree in art history and eight years of experience as a museum curator at the Maple Art Museum make me a great candidate for this position. I excel in high-pressure situations and have used my skills to improve cataloging processes and develop a highly successful youth arts program. I hope to use my self-motivation and highly developed communication skills to support the Franklin Museum of Art and its mission as the newest museum curator.

I’ve read about your passion for inspiring young artists in the surrounding school districts and would love to use my experience co-founding a joint initiative between the Maple Art Museum and Houston’s public school district to produce something similar for the Franklin Museum of Art. I helped raise over $70,000 to create a student art display that allowed over 650 children ranging from ages 5 to 18 to display their artwork in the museum for the past three years.

Over the past eight years with the Maple Art Museum, I have also led all aspects of the production of eight museum exhibitions, including completing the research, securing loans, delivering lectures and showings to museum donors and handling all press and publications associated with each exhibition. I created an alternative artwork cataloging system that reduced the time taken to catalog items by 35%. I have also supervised five museum interns each year, 85% of which found employment at neighboring museums upon exiting the internship program.

I am an enthusiastic and motivated individual who is truly passionate about what I do. I believe my experience and enthusiasm for the Arts make me an ideal candidate for the position of museum curator at the Franklin Museum of Art. I look forward to setting up an interview to discuss my skills and qualifications further. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Regards,

Charles Smith”

Sample 2: “Cover letters for a museum job”

“Dear Mr. Hyatt,

I am submitting my resume for your consideration for the Museum Tour Guide position advertised in the San Diego Times. I gratefully submit my letter as well as my resume for your review.

My experience and education has well prepared me for the role of Museum Guide with The San Diego Museum of Science in many ways. To begin, at present, I am finishing up my dual major of Natural Science and World History at the University of California-San Diego. This education has presented me with a world of coursework and education in the areas of world history and natural science to which I can use in this position-both my knowledge of these topics as well as my devout enthusiasm for them. Secondly, I have interned at two museums in the Southern California area-and therefore, know the organizational structure, general administration, and operational needs of what it takes to keep a museum running smoothly, and in keeping with the customer’s most optimized learning and enjoyment. Thirdly, I have been fortunate to hold titles at my school as Leader of the Debate Team, Residential Advisor for Gregory Dorm, and Captain of the Swim Team; so I know what it takes to bring success to any enterprise: ability to juggle many tasks, determination, well earned knowledge, and hard work. I am a leader and also a team player; and I seek to bring all this education, experience, and beneficial attributes to the team at the San Diego Museum of Science.

I appreciate your consideration of my credentials for this position, and very much look forward to the opportunity of discussing the position of Museum Tour Guide further, at your convenience. Please contact me at (555)-555-5555 to schedule a time. Thanks so much for your time, and if there is anything else I might forward to aid you in the hiring process-please do not hesitate to let me know.

Sincerely,

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Resume Attached as MS Word Document”

Sample 3: “Cover letters for a museum job”

“Dear hiring manager,

I am excited to be applying for the Museum Guide position at the Art Museum. I have a degree in Art History and I have been working as a museum guide for the past two years. I love working with people and I love art, so this is the perfect job for me. I believe that my education and experience make me the perfect candidate for this position.

I have worked at several different museums, and I have experience working with all types of people. I am patient and I have a lot of knowledge about art. I am also good at explaining things in a way that people can understand. I am confident that I can do a great job as a museum guide at the Art Museum.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

Sample 4: “Cover letters for a museum job”

“Dear Mr. Brown,

I am writing to express my interest in the Museum Guide position that you have posted. I believe that I would be a great fit for this position as I have extensive experience working with museums and art galleries.

I have worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. I have also worked at smaller museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Norton Museum of Art in Florida. My experience has taught me how to work with a variety of people from all over the world. I have learned how to communicate effectively with people who speak different languages and have different cultural backgrounds.

I am very passionate about art and history and I love sharing my knowledge with others. I am also very good at working independently and I enjoy being able to explore exhibits on my own time. I am also very comfortable working with children and families. I believe that it is important to make art accessible to everyone regardless of age or background.

I would love the opportunity to meet with you in person so we can discuss my qualifications further. I am available any day next week at your convenience. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

Sample 5: “Cover letters for a museum job”

“Dear Mr. Andrew,

I am writing to apply for the Museum Guide position that was recently advertised on the company website. I am confident that I have the skills and qualifications that you are looking for, and I am eager to put my experience to work for your museum.

I have been working as a Museum Guide for the past three years, and during that time I have gained a wealth of experience in providing excellent customer service, managing museum tours, and educating visitors about the exhibits. I am knowledgeable about the history of the museum and the exhibits, and I am able to communicate this information in an engaging and interesting way.

I am a highly motivated individual who takes pride in my work. I am always looking for ways to improve the visitor experience and to make my tours more interesting and informative. I am also a team player who is willing to work with others to achieve common goals.

I am confident that I have the skills and qualifications that you are looking for, and I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss my qualifications further with you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Your name”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of cover letters for a museum job

How do I write a cover letter for an art gallery?

Tips for Writing an Effective Arts Position Cover Letter

  • Emphasize relevant skills. 
  • Consider sharing a portfolio. 
  • Show why you’re a great fit. 
  • Proofread and edit.

What is a good opening sentence for a cover letter?

“Dear [First Name], I was excited to come across the [Job Title] position at [Company Name]. As a [Current Job Title] with [# of Years] years of experience, I have become competent in [Relevant Skills & Job-Related Abilities].”

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Citations

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/museum-cover-letter
https://www.liveabout.com/cover-letter-example-for-a-development-museum-job-2060216
https://www.greatsampleresume.com/cover-letter/examples/travel/museum-tour-guide