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Summary

Museology involves managing and administrating museums. Museology includes aspects of archeology, history, research and archiving. As a Museologist, you can work in museums, the work profile includes the combination of research, administration, and public relations. You can work both in the private/government sectors, museums, and galleries. Museology can be interesting to those students who are interested in fields like history, science of preserving and conserving museum collections.

Career Opportunities in Museology

  • Curators
    As a Curator, you can procure artifacts, create exhibitions and maintain exhibits. They organize the display of artifacts in museums, organize exhibitions by choosing the display items, labelling them, arranging them, making purchases of rare and new collections for museum enrichment, deciding which art objects have to be identified, examined, cleaned, preserved, displayed or stored, and maintaining the record of each item (origin, age and conservation details).
  • Museum Educationists
    Museums provide a learning situation in which the visitors experience learning. Museum Educationists educate people and students visiting to Museums. They decorate exhibition halls, properly arranged secondary collections, label them, arrange guided tours, organize traveling exhibitions, organize school class visits, training courses to the teachers, illustrate lectures, motion pictures, film trips and publications, etc.
  • Exhibition Coordinators
    The exhibition is the only language through which a museum can communicate with large masses so as to create a direct impact on them. Exhibition Coordinators co-ordinate with their team for organizing the exhibition. They have to select the topic of the Exhibition like irrigation, soil conservation, farm management, industry, social welfare, etc. They can use various mediums to aware visitors such as pictures, photographs, drawings, charts, models and other subsidiary materials.
  • Consultants
    The job role of a consultant is to plan and design management strategies, create content, promote exhibitions and other cultural facilities.

How to Pursue a Career in Museology

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Class XII with any stream Pursue Graduation in any Discipline for 3 yearsPursue M.A./M.Sc. in Museology for 2 yearsPursue Ph.D. in Museology

Important Facts

  • Must have passed class 12th or Senior Secondary Examination with at least 50% marks including English

Leading Institutes

Top Museology Institutes in India
College Location Website
National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology New Delhi www.nmi.gov.in/
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Vadodara www.msubaroda.ac.in/
University of Calcutta Kolkata www.caluniv.ac.in/
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi www.bhu.ac.in/
Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh www.amu.ac.in/
Top Museology Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of San Francisco United States www.usfca.edu/
Harvard University United States www.harvard.edu/
University of Florida United States www.ufl.edu/
George Washington University United States www.gwu.edu/
University of East Anglia United Kingdom www.uea.ac.uk/
Kingston University United Kingdom www.kingston.ac.uk/
Arizona State University United States www.asu.edu/
University of Leicester United Kingdom www.le.ac.uk/

Important Entrance Exams

Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Written Exam of National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology May-June Basic understanding of museum’s role in the society, General knowledge about various museums, Social, cultural and educational role of a museum, Awareness of Indian culture and heritage, Basic understanding of Museology as a discipline as different from other related fields www.nmi.gov.in/departmentsmuseology.htm
Entrance for University of Calcutta June-July Related to the understanding of Museology www.caluniv.ac.in/admission/applicationform.html
Postgraduate Entrance Test (PET) - BHU Feb-June Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, History of Art, History, Sanskrit  www.bhu.ac.in/admission/
Department Test Course- Aligarh Muslim University June Objective and Descriptive questions www.amucontrollerexams.com/courses.html
Aptitude Test – Aligarh Muslim University May-July Related to the understanding of Museology www.msubaroda.ac.in/faculty.php?fac_id=9&dep_id=97&action=departments

Work Description

  • Managing the activities happening in museums on daily basis.
  • Planning, Organizing and Executing important events and exhibitions in the museums.
  • Deciding which artefact to display, arrange them, label them, writing the relevant information about it.
  • Organizing film trips and publications, guided tours, school visits, traveling exhibitions etc.
  • Making decisions about the purchases of rare and new collections for museum enrichment, deciding which art objects have to be identified, examined, cleaned, preserved, displayed or stored, and maintaining the record of each item (origin, age and conservation details).

Pros & Cons of a Career in Museology

Pros
  • You can participate in new exhibits, programs, special events frequently happening in the museums.
  • If you love the academic environment, museums would be a great place to work as it involves educating large masses.
  • If you love to travel, you can be the part of various travel exhibitions, tours, school visits etc.
Cons
  • There is a lot of competition involved and requires huge time investment to become a curator.
  • It is not easy to make a lot of money in this area.
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