HIST 375 – Museum Methods

This course introduced me to the legal, financial, personnel matters, theories and practices of developing a mission statement, bylaws, various policies and plans that are standard administrative elements of museum operation. Museum departmental organization and staffing hierarchies were also discussed. As part of the culminating experience, I was tasked with creating two field reports, where I was to think like a consultant and examine the background of the museum, its context, to analyze the exhibits, and assess future challenges. I also worked with a small group to present our analysis of a particular type of museum.