Explore a universe of learning, teaching, and preservation with museum studies. Art, science, and history intersect and connect in this ideal companion to any major.

Courses range from curation to chemistry and museum studies advisors will connect you with experiential learning like ethnographic research, archaeological training, field schools, and summer internships to help you gain experience off campus. And you can work directly with Lawrence’s own collections to get hands-on experience from cataloging to conservation.

From chemistry to curation, learn all about museum work.

The Museum Studies Checklist helps guide you through museum studies requirements.

Experts in art history and curation guide your learning.

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Curate on Campus


Lawrence University’s art collection of nearly 5,800 items spans historical periods, cultural movements, and mediums, from Byzantine coins to post-modern paintings. Curate exhibitions and work with this astonishing collection.

Melanie Shefchik ’22 count and catalogue material from the Charles A. Grignon Mansion during Practicum in Archaeological Collections Management April 16, 2021 in Briggs Hall.

Hands-on History


Learn the finer points of maintaining a collection of physical artifacts like preservation and pest control with the archaeological, ethnographic, and biological collections of the anthropology program.

The Chandler Senior Experience

Work closely with Museum Studies faculty to develop a Senior Experience project that incorporates your explorations and learnings from this interdisciplinary field.

Recent Senior Experiences include:

  • Living and Learning: The Partial History of Women at Lawrence University
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Student wearing regalia at Commencement 2021

Museum Studies Outcomes

You will find Lawrentians in leadership positions at galleries, archives, museums, and libraries putting what they learned as museum studies students into action, shaping the world of learning and discovery around them.

On Any Given Day...

...discover an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.

Academics

Unbagging First-Year Studies

Martyn Smith, director of First-Year Studies, unbags the 10 works being used in First-Year Studies during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Art hanging in gallery.
Facilities

With a wide variety of rotating exhibitions as well as a permanent art collection of 5,800 items, the Wriston Galleries are your haven for the best art on campus.

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