With the mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit, the Abbe Museum is a decolonizing museum, offering changing exhibitions and a robust programming schedule for all ages, and welcoming 30,000 visitors each year on Mount Desert Island, Maine, home of Acadia National Park. Wabanaki people are engaged in all aspects of the museum, from curatorial roles to policy making.
The Curator of Exhibits & Collections is a highly visible position within the fast-paced Abbe Museum environment with three main areas of focus: exhibitions, collections care & management, and research.
- Exhibitions: Manages the Abbeʼs interpretive content in collaboration with the Curator of Education, as guided by the museumʼs tribally-appointed Wabanaki Council. Leads the exhibits team to plan, organize, and implement exhibits and frequently serves as project manager and content specialist.
- Collections Care & Management: Primary responsibility for the Wellman Archaeology Research Laboratory and Collections Storage and the documentation, management, and care of the museumʼs collections and institutional archives, seeking to make them accessible to internal and external audiences and to make sure the museum maintains a high level of accuracy.
- Research: Provides support for researchers within well-defined guidelines; keeps abreast of current publications relative to research methods, techniques, and developments; supports the dissemination of findings; acts as a content specialist to the Museum board and staff members.
- Tribal Relationships: Provides direct support and relevant resources to Wabanaki communities in support of collections care and management, and exhibitions, upon request.
- Project Management: Acts as project manager on grant-funded internal projects in collections care and management, exhibitions, and research, as assigned by the Executive Director & Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations.