Museology Master of Arts Program

May 18, 2017

Museology at AAM Annual Meeting

Museology students and alumni were out in full force at this year’s American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. AAM is a national professional organization for individuals working in museums, and their annual meeting is the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world, with over 4,200 attendees this year. The…


April 21, 2017

Museology at Work – Work Study at the Burke Museum and Henry Art Gallery

The University of Washington is fortunate to have a few on-campus museums, which are incredible resources for our students. Not only do The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and the Henry Art Gallery offer free admission to all UW students, both museums offer a variety of work study positions, which give students paid opportunities to gain further…


April 14, 2017

Renae Youngs – Evaluating Organizations’ Impact on Communities (Alumni Spotlight)

Renae decided to pursue a Museology degree at UW because she saw the value in its interdisciplinary nature. When she joined the program in 2009, she was drawn to the program’s interdisciplinary nature and its focus on how museums serve their communities. “It was very explicit in being focused on museums as institutions that play…


April 11, 2017

Conversations with Margaret Middleton and Joe Heimlich

This Spring, Museology has hosted a series of informal conversations with visiting museum professionals. Our faculty invited some friends and colleagues to chat with our students about their current work, as well as their career paths. We’ve been delighted with the conversations we’ve had, as their unscripted responses and personal insights illuminate the paths that…


April 4, 2017

(Dis)Connected: A Student-Curated Exhibit at the Kirkland Arts Center

During the orientation day my first year of graduate school, I listened eagerly as each Museology instructor explained the exciting courses and opportunities our program had to offer. What stood out most was when Wilson O’Donnell explained the Emerging Curator Initiative (ECI), where Museology students develop exhibit concepts, and one student is selected to curate…


March 21, 2017

Museology Students at Museum of Flight’s First Thursday

On March 2, Museology students facilitated hands-on activities at the Museum of Flight as part of the final project for the Seminar in Museum Education course. In the class, students explored learning theory, program development and implementation, and educational programming for various audiences such as families, teens, and early learners. Throughout the quarter, students researched,…


March 14, 2017

A Seat at the Table – Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Alumni Spotlight)

Miranda Belarde-Lewis has dedicated her career to telling the stories of Indigenous communities and helping Native artists communicate the layers of meaning in their work to the public. Her work designing exhibits, researching pieces, and working with artists has allowed her to strengthen the interpretative strategies of tribal museums, as well as build relationships between…


March 7, 2017

Rocking the boat: Exhibition methods of storytelling the experience of gender & sexuality in museums

Thesis by Sarah Elizabeth Olivo (2015) The goal of this qualitative exploratory research was to identify and describe emerging models for telling/sharing stories of female-identified and LGBTQ experience in museum exhibition. The research investigated interpretation methods of four different participants whose purpose was to tell historically marginalized experience. The projects were the GLBT History Museum,…


Audio elements: Understanding current uses of sound in museum exhibits

Thesis by Jeremy Beliveau (2015) Sound is increasingly used as an interpretive tool in a variety of museum exhibits, but currently accepted practices are not well understood by professionals across the field. This study surveyed eight exhibit design professionals across four museums in the Pacific Northwest, to describe the motivations and factors that influence their…


February 24, 2017

American Alliance of Museums Career Lab

On February 11, second-year Museology students had the opportunity to attend a career lab with Greg Stevens, the Assistant Director of Professional Development at the American Alliance of Museums–or, as Greg calls it, “the Mothership.” During this event, Greg worked with students students to build their “career toolkit” by learning best practices for cover letters,…


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