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Museum Studies

About Museum Studies

This guide highlights museum studies resources available at the University of Toronto Libraries and beyond. 

Definition of museum studies, also known as museology:
"The field that encompasses the ideas & issues involved in the museum profession -- from the practical, day-to-day skills needed to operate a museum, to theories on the societal role of museums" -- from the Smithsonian

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Education @ U of T & elsewhere  |  Life in museum studies  |  Museum professionals & careers  |  Acknowledgements
 

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Image: Gehry stairs, Art Gallery of Ontario. Ian Muttoo

Museum education @ U of T

The Museum Studies program at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, is a two year full-time Masters Degree program. It is the only English-speaking Masters program of Museum Studies in Canada.

Professor Cara Krmpotich on the MMSt program 

 

Students may also do a joint Masters over three years, called the Combined Degree Program (CDP), resulting in both a Master of Information degree & a Master of Museum Studies degree.

Professor Costis Dallas on the Combined Degree Program:


Museum studies education elsewhere

Life in the museum studies program

logo:  Musings:  Ideas and insights of the master of museum studies students and faculty The students and faculty in the Museum Studies program at U of T
publish a fascinating blog, consisting of many regular columns,
with the intent of providing "...a platform for opinions, critiques,
and discussions of contemporary museum* practices by
emerging museum professionals."

Museum studies professionals & careers

There are many different types of careers in the field, including collections management, education & programming, digital heritage work, running cultural institutions, curatorship, and so on.  As a result of the advent of digital information, the professions are continually evolving.  

Acknowledgements

This guide is curated by Nalini K. Singh, Reference Librarian at the Inforum, Faculty of Information.  Please send any suggestions, comments, and reports of broken links to nalini.singh@utoronto.ca 

  • Fall 2018 update:  Phoebe Burke, Inforum student assistant
  • Prof. Irina Mihalache provided advice on the structure of the guide
  • Laura Robb, MMSt 2012 & graduate library student assistant at Robarts Library (2012), worked on the first iteration of this guide.