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

"The flexibility of the program, as it allows you to craft your degree to fit your needs and career goals." 

– Abby Anderson (2014)
 

"The Museum Studies staff and students were very welcoming when I came for a visit before attending KU, which was wonderful. But I was also really drawn to the program’s multi-faceted course load, which allows students to have their own course of study in their short time here as graduate students."

– Alissa Meehan (2015)
 

"I was drawn to the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas because it offered everything I would need to start my career in museums. The courses are beneficial and enlightening. The campus and surrounding area museums offer many opportunities to apply what you have learned, something that was important when deciding to come to KU."

          – Jojo Palko (2015)

 

 

 

 

 


What do you like about the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas?

"In class, I enjoy being able to practice what I've learned through hands-on projects such as making tour manuals, conducting visitor research, and putting together actual exhibits. Outside of class, I like how everyone in the program is really close. I've done everything from going dancing with MUSE people to carving pumpkins with them."

          – Jilliene Jaeger (2015)
 

"I feel like both the staff and the students all care about helping one another develop the skills and experience needed to mold you into a strong museum professional. Also, all the students, first and second years, work together to network, exchange experiences, and have plenty of fun doing it."

– Abby Anderson (2014)
 

"I like that our professors are primarily professionals in the field. I feel that we get a very practical knowledge from them that we couldn’t get from someone who isn’t in a museum. Also, I feel like we get a lot of support from staff and faculty for various pursuits. They really want us to succeed, and that makes for a good experience at KU."

– Sarah Adams (2013)
 

"The thing I like most about the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas is its flexibility in allowing a variety of courses to fulfill the degree requirements."

          – Erik Radowski (2015)

 

 

 

 


What was your favorite/most memorable experience in this program?

 

"My most memorable experience in this program is the education program at the Watkins Museum we did last December (however my favorite would probably be unexpectedly meeting other MUSE students at a local bar and taking a picture with a curling stone.)"

          – Erik Radowski (2015)
 

"My internships have been great experiences for me. In my internship at the Spencer Museum of Art, I took a trip to New York City where I got to explore some amazing art, for sale and in museums."

– Katie Sparks (2013)
 

"I have made better friends in the short amount of time that I have attended KU than I did during four years of my undergrad. It’s nice to be around people that love museums as much as I do."

– Brittany Thurman (2014)
 

"I love the connections outside of class in MSO. We are able to take what we learn from class to go on field trips to learn more and interact with each other to build relationships."

– Sarah Adams (2013)
 

 


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

FILM - Out of State Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

Meet the Experts: Christmas Crèches​
Sunday, December 10 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On December 10, enjoy special displays of Christmas crèches from the Bud and Jan Koupal Collection. Hear a talk about the history and tradition of holiday crèches, and stay afterward for cider and cookies. The program includes a lecture and museum visit. Included with museum admission.

TALK - Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
Thursday, December 14 | 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

TALK - Slow Art Sunday: Presepio 
Sunday, December 17 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

TALK - Home for the Holidays 
Sunday, December 24 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

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