In partnership with the Andrew Mellon Foundation, The American Civil War Museum, a non-profit located in Richmond, Virginia is seeking a full-time guest Curator to support a new interdisciplinary Fellowship initiative that will bridge original public humanities research with exhibition and presentation. The best public humanities projects are designed with the expectations of an audience in mind. They seek to meet or exceed expectations, complicate visitors’ preconceived ideas, and inspire them to think more deeply about history as well as social issues and difficult choices in their own lives. The Guest Curator will work in partnership with the brightest emerging scholars in Civil War history and museum education to craft innovative visitor-focused exhibitions which have the potential to transform the views of individual visitors and school groups as well as the way history museums across the country engage the public. This opportunity is a two year grant funded position with competitive benefits offered.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

•Demonstrated knowledge of museum curatorial practices.

•Excellent knowledge of 19th century history and Civil War material culture.

•Familiarity with exhibition design, fabrication, installation, and maintenance with the ability to interact with contractors in performing these tasks.

•Superior written and oral communication skills.

•Constructive leadership skill, especially when working with students and volunteers.

•Ability to cultivate relationships with constituents and partners on the Museum’s behalf.

•Ability to serve an active role in fulfilling the Museum’s educational mission.


Required education and experience:

•Master’s degree in history, museum studies, historic preservation or related field.

•Ten years of experience guiding exhibition planning and development.

•Experience serving as project lead/supervisor for an exhibition or other public humanities project.

Application Process:

To be considered for this position, applicants should provide: 1) three letters of recommendation, 2) a summary of their master’s or doctoral thesis 3) image examples of completed exhibitions, and 4) an interest statement that bridges their scholarship with the interests and mission of the American Civil War Museum.  Please forward the above listed documentation to Christy Coleman, Co-CEO, at

This posting will remain open until position is filled.

The American Civil War Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Information
  • Richmond, Virginia, 23219, United States
  • 27048528
  • February 24, 2016
  • Guest Curator–Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Program
  • American Civil War Museum
  • Curator
  • No
  • Contract
  • 1-2 Years
  • Master’s Degree
  • Over 10 Years
  • $60,000.00 (Yearly Salary)