Museum Collections Management

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Museum Collections Management

Institution Where Taught

Sonoma State University

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ARTH 467

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A course on the principles and practices of managing and caring for today’s museum collections. Classes will relate to different types of collections including art, history, and anthropology, as well as different models of museums: public, private, and corporate. Topics include accessioning, object handling and storage, preventative conservation, collections planning, exhibitions, and loans. Students will gain an overall understanding of the physical, ethical and legal care of museum collections. Guest speakers and off-campus field trips to tour behind the scenes collections at Bay Area museums will be planned.

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Associated with Art History program, may not address archaeological topics specifically


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