Collections Manager & Registrar

The Bryan Museum

The Bryan Museum is a young, dynamic museum of Western History and Art with a focus on Texas and its essential role in the story of the West. The Museums outstanding collection of art, artifacts and manuscripts spans 12,000 years and is the result of over 40 years of collecting by founder J.P. Bryan and his family. The Bryan Museum opened in June 2015 in Galveston, Texas, in what was formerly the Galveston Orphans Home, built in 1895.

Galveston is an island community with over 32 miles of beautiful beaches and is rich in history. With a population of over 50,000 residents, it is host to over 6 million visitors a year and is the 3rd largest cruise port in the U.S. Galveston is also proud to be the only city in Texas with campuses of the state’s two flagship university systems- The University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M University at Galveston.


The Museum seeks an experienced, energetic Collections Manager and Registrar to oversee the Museum’s extensive collection of art and artifacts including a library and archive. The Collections Manager and Registrar plays an important role in inventorying the collection and helping to facilitate the installation of two to three temporary exhibitions a year as well as permanent gallery rotations. He/she will process new acquisitions and outgoing loans. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, and be someone who works well in a team.

  • Knowledge and experience in collections management databases (PastPerfect preferred and MS Office suite)

  • Understanding of professional museum practices and standards, including registration procedures, management of object loans, packing and shipping

  • Experience in accessioning, condition reporting, documentation, archival storage and handling techniques

  • Ability to implement strategic collections management plans

  • Ability to lead and train volunteers and interns

  • Ability to set and meet project deadlines

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining

  • effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and general public

  • Aids grants and other funding sources to assist in ongoing collections maintenance

  • Oversees and monitors the safety and environmental conditions for collections and exhibitions

  • Three to five years’ experience within the Collections and Registrar department of an art or history museum;

  • Knowledge of AAM’s and ARC’s museum and registration standards

  • Knowledge of art handling techniques and preventive conservation methods; ability to handle delicate and valuable works of art with care

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Highly organized and detail oriented

  • Extremely conscientious about meeting goals and deadlines and achieving best practices in all aspects of position

  • Experience with museum display and installation techniques and exhibitions standards is a plus

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume, and salary history to Deepa Madhavan at

The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $60,000 commensurate with experience and includes generous benefits. The Bryan Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

The position is open until filled.

Posted on March 4