How to Address a Curator

How to Address a Curator at a Museum

‘Curator’ is not used as an honorific. Use it after the name for identification. Museum professionals are likely to hold doctorates and may be addressed as Dr. (Name). Check for preference of the individual.

—-Official envelope:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)
—-—-Curator of (Section)
—-—-(Name of Museum)

—-—-Dear Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname):

—-Which would look like:
—-—-Dr. Harold Watkins
—-—-Curator of Nineteenth-Century Paintings
—-—-Highlands Museum
—-—-123 Fourth Avenue
—-—-Anytown, USA 12345

—-—-Dear Dr. Watkins:

Letter salutation: 
——–Dear Reverend Mother:

– Robert Hickey   How to Address a Curator


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”