Careers in Zoos and Museums: Resources


Go behind the scenes and find out more about research in museums, zoos, gardens, and galleries with our list of international links.


Learn about research and postgraduate education at London's Natural History Museum.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., embraces just about every type of museum and gallery! It includes the National Museum of Natural History. Its Web site features a fantastic series of articles about the work of its research scientists.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is home to the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias.

Learn about research at the Canadian Museum of Nature (where Mark Graham works) ...

... and at the Royal Ontario Museum (employer of herpetologist Robert Murphy).

The National Museums of Scotland house collections covering decorative arts, industrial machinery, and the natural world.

If you can raise a 16th century warship, you can do anything. The Mary Rose museum has set up a consultancy arm to offer the services of its scientists and conservators in the preservation of "the world's waterlogged heritage."

Animals and Plants

The international Consortium of Aquariums, Universities, and Zoos is an umbrella body for scientists interested in wildlife conservation. Their Web site provides a comprehensive set of links to organisations active in the field.

The U.S. National Aquarium in Baltimore carries out research "to advance its mission in humane care, exhibitry, education, and conservation."

The Institute of Zoology is the research wing of the London Zoo.

Twenty-four European organisations have come together to form the Stiftung Artenschutz, a foundation dedicated to biodiversity conservation.

Find a zoo near you with the Global Zoo Directory from the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group.

Check out our profile of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in this feature, and visit other botanic gardens at Kew and the new National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The Royal Horticultural Society does for garden plants what botanic gardens do for wild ones. At their gardens in Wisley, Surrey, they have a herbarium and carry out research into the origins of plant species.

Art and Culture

The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works has a long and self-explanatory title.

The Straus Center for Conservation looks after the collections of the Harvard University Art Museums and offers postgraduate training in conservation.

At the University of Delaware, you can learn about art conservation as an undergrad, master's, or doctoral student. The programmes are linked to the Winterthur Conservation Laboratories.

The National Gallery London is home to about 2300 paintings and the science department where Marika Spring works.

More recent art is conserved at the Tate Gallery.

The National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside Conservation Centre is open to the public, so you can pay a visit to see conservation in action.

The Archives School, Marburg, is one of Germany's education centres for professional archivists.

If you want to become a conservator, you can take a course at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart, the University of Applied Sciences, Hildesheim, or the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne.

The Service Center for Stock Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Leipzig, is a consultancy organisation specialising in the conservation of books.

The University of Stuttgart's Institute for Textile and Fibre Chemistry speaks for itself.

Conservation OnLine is a Stanford University Web site for conservation professionals that covers "topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives, and museum materials."

Iron-based inks are subject to corrosion. This international site will tell you more than you ever thought you'd need to know. Check out the "ink corrosion horror show" for an in-depth look at the problem!

The Royal Society of Chemistry's Conservation Science Network has information about training, funding, and events.

The United Kingdom Institute for Conservation has information about training and specialist sections for conservators interested in everything from archaeology to furniture and textiles.