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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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|  Life in museum studies  |  Museum professionals & careers  |  Acknowledgements

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

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.  


This guide is currently maintained by Yoonhee Lee. It was previously curated by Nalini K. Singh.  Please send any suggestions, comments, and reports of broken links to 

  • Fall 2022 update: Samantha Zani, TALInt student
  • Fall 2021 update: Alicia Lee, TALInt student
  • Fall 2020 update: Alicia Lee, TALInt student
  • Fall 2019 update:  Hanna Schacter, Inforum student assistant
  • 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.