This course provides a behind-the-scenes view of museums from the people who are actively involved in their operations. Students learn about the history and objectives of various types of museums (art natural history science historical zoological) through panel discussions that involve museum directors curators conservators collection managers and exhibit designers. The focus is the rich and diverse resources of http//www.harvard.edu/museumsHarvard University's museums but there are also guest lecturers from other local museums. The course is required for students planning to apply to the http//www.extension.harvard.edu/degrees-certificates/museum-studiesExtension School's graduate program museum studies but is also appropriate for the avid museum-goer who desires a more comprehensive understanding of how museums function.
Harvard Division of Continuing Education
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