Museology Master of Arts Program

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,…

February 17, 2017

Dialogue- the antidote to Cacophony?

AUTHOR: Kris Morrissey, Museology Faculty. ‘Cacophony.’ An onomatopoeia for these times. Trying to pronounce it does sounds like what it defines- “a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds”, sort of like an attempt to dislodge something caught in my throat. Maybe that’s why the word keeps popping into my mind when I read newspaper headlines such…

January 21, 2017

Embracing Culturally Responsive Research & Evaluation Practice

AUTHOR: Angie Ong, Museology Faculty. Diversity, equity, and cultural competency are hot topics within the museum field today. And without exception, these concepts need to be top-of-mind for those of us working within audience research and evaluation. Because we champion the voice of the visitor, researchers and evaluators must be open to the many voices,…

January 18, 2017

Things to do in Seattle this January

One of the things that makes Seattle such an appealing place to live and study is the variety of neighborhoods and community events. Although Seattle has grown significantly in the recent past, there are still many distinct neighborhoods with their own personality. From the student-filled University District to the culturally-rich International District and artsy Capitol…

January 6, 2017

Making Heritage Valuable – Chieko Phillips (Alumni Spotlight)

“How do you take something as complicated and multifaceted as a history of a people, a history of African Americans, and try and condense that down into exhibit narratives or public programs?,” Chieko Phillips asks me, with a curiosity and intensity that tells me she’s just as excited about pursuing this question as she ever…

December 27, 2016

Course Highlight – An Exhibit Opportunity

By Amy Gorton, Class of 2017. When I applied to the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, I knew there would be many opportunities to gain experience. After all, I was moving from Montana to Seattle, the increase in museums alone had me excited. What I couldn’t fathom, however, was how many doors…

December 21, 2016

Community Talk – The Practices of Essential Engagement

Do your exhibitions spark real, meaningful dialog? Are your visitors truly engaged? 4Culture and UW Museology invite you to join us in examining our practices as a museum community. Friday, January 13, 2017, 4:00-6:00 pm UW Intellectual House ​Sarah Pharaon, Senior Director of Methodology and Practice with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, will…

December 20, 2016

Internship Spotlight – Holocaust Center for Humanity

–Sydney Dratel, Class of 2018. When I started  the Museology program, I was not expecting to land an internship right away. In a student newsletter sent out over the summer, I saw a listing for an internship with Seattle’s Holocaust Center for Humanity. The description was fascinating (work with primary documents, having ownership over a…

December 14, 2016


Welcome to the UW Museology Graduate Program’s blog. As Program Director, I’m delighted to write the first in what will be an ongoing series of posts intended to provide prospective students with a window into our program – issues and ideas we’re thinking about, and highlights of the work we’re doing. Be inspired. Be inspiring….