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British Museum by Neetesh Gupta

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased in the area of museology the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).  For questions or more information, please contact the Museology Librarian.


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Subject Definition

Museology or museum studies is the study of museums. It explores the history of museums and their role in society, as well as the activities they engage in, including curating, preservation, public programming, and education. The University of Washington's Museology Master's of Art program is an interdisciplinary program that includes a wide variety of subject areas, including anthropology, sociology, zoology, art history, education and law, and skills such as evaluation, advocacy, and grant writing.

Subject Classification

The primary LC class for general museum studies is:

  • AM: Museums, collectors and collecting
    • AM1-501 Museums, Collectors & Collecting
    • AM10-101 Museography
    • AM111-160 Museology, Museum Methods, Techniques, etc.
    • AM200-501 Collectors and Collecting, Private Collections

Additional LC classes with substantial material relevant to museology include:

  • GN: Anthropology
  • L: Education
  • N: Fine Arts
  • QH: Natural History
  • QL: Zoology

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