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MUS Map of Alumniuseum Studies alumni hold a range of positions in museums across the country.  They work to build educational programs and enhance visitor experiences; they ensure the preservation of artifacts through responsible conservation, collections, and archive work; they curate and design exhibits; and they lead museums, providing opportunities of exploration and study to a variety of audiences.  Museum Studies alumni are now working at museums in 34 states and Taiwan and Germany.

Are you a graduate of the Museum Studies program? We want to hear from you! Update your contact information and send your story to us at museumstudies@ku.edu or fill out this webform.

See where Museum Studies Graduates (PDF) work and the positions they hold.


What drew you to the Museum Studies program at the University of Kansas?

The Museum Studies program at KU was appealing because of its relationship with multiple on campus museums.  And after visiting the charming town of Lawrence and KU’s beautiful campus, I wouldn’t have been happy anywhere else.   

Diana Zlatanovskiv (2004)
Curatorial Research Associate
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 


What did you like about the Museum Studies program at the University of Kansas?

I liked gaining experience in so many areas of the museum. Our instructors were very knowledgeable and the hands-on projects they created are very beneficial.

Gillian Armstrong (2012)
Visitor Services Officer/Visitor Services Team Member
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art/Wonderscope Children’s Museum of KC


How has the program at the University of Kansas helped you in the professional world?

The coursework, experiences, and internships provided me with a solid understanding of a very complex field.  While I continue to learn and seek advice from other professionals, the Museum Studies program provided an excellent foundation for me and my work. 

Eric Page (1993)
Archivist
Unity Library and Archives


Having classes that focus on all areas of the museum has probably benefited me the most. I have a well-rounded understanding of museums, and many of the projects we worked on are legitimate practical experience. I have found that museum jobs are very competitive, and starting out, it’s best to have a variety of knowledge and experience to broaden your options.

Gillian Armstrong (2012)
Visitor Services Officer/Visitor Services Team Member
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art/Wonderscope Children’s Museum of KC  


Read the latest MUSE News!

Find out what KU's Museum Studies Program and our alumni are up to:

September 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
 

 

Museum Events

German-American History Talk and Gallery Tour
Saturday, October 21 | 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Prof. William Keel of KU speaks on local German-American history, then we move to the third floor for a special tour of our new exhibit Community and Culture: The Lawrence Turnverein, with Watkins curator Brittany Keegan and Dr. Lorie Vanchena of KU.

My Name is Sallie Performance
October 25-26 | 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam & Connie Perkins Central Court
This experimental, immersive musical theater experience tells the story of the founding gift of art to the University of Kansas that became the Spencer Museum of Art. Created by Spencer Archivist Robert Hickerson and featuring the talents of artists and students from across the community. The performance is a free special preview event and part of the centennial celebration of our collection. Tickets are available through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-name-is-sallie-tickets-37725266287.

Science of the Macabre
Thursday, October 26 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. 
Join us for a spooky night in the KU Natural History Museum as we celebrate Halloween. From spiders and snakes to parasites, we will explore the science of the creepy things that go bump in the night. See museum specimens, explore blood under black light, and enjoy free refreshments and win prizes.

Stories from the Museum Archives: Sallie Casey Thayer Collects
Sunday, November 5 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 305, Stephen H. Goddard Study Center 
Spencer Museum archivist Robert Hickerson and student assistant Rose Wolf open up the archives for an exploration of primary resources that document the collection that initiated an art museum at KU. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU and the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

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