Introduction to Museum Practice
Elaine Gazda
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kelsey Museum
3 Credit Lecture
This course will introduce students to the history of collecting and display of classical antiquities from ancient times to the present. Class discussion will center on issues of acquisition, conservation and restoration, display and interpretation. It will also address ethical and legal issues that affect museum policy and practice. The U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, along with several other American museums, will figure prominently in the course as case studies. At the Kelsey members of the staff will discuss their roles as well as the special challenges that arise in building and installing a new museum addition. The class will take several Friday afternoon field trips to other museums, both on campus and in the region. Assessment of student performance will be based on class and field trip attendance, class discussion of reading assignments and the issues they raise, projects and a term paper. Estimated cost of materials: $50 or more, but less than $100. IV. 1