Museum Studies Day at Michigan State University

Museum Studies Day at Michigan State University

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Apr 17, 2013

Three public events mark Friday, April 19th as Museum Studies Day at Michigan State University. Students in two Museum Studies courses this spring have organized exhibitions and demonstrations that are open to the public on April 19, 2013. In addition, an Internship Fair will take place in the afternoon. 

Students in Professor Norm Lownds class, Learning in Museums, have worked all semester to prepare “Spartan Garden Party” as part of MSU’s Science Festival. Students in Professor Susan J. Bandes' Curatorial Practices course have assembled and curated Collective Reflections, Individual Memories, an exhibition that will be on view in Broad Art Museum MSU lower level galleries (Works on Paper Study Room and Benefactor’s Gallery) from April 19 through April 28, 2013. The Garden Party will take place on April 19; the exhibition opens on the same day from 5-7 p.m.


The Internship Fair, organized by Professor Marsha MacDowell, MSU MSP Internship Coordinator and other members of the Michigan State University Museum staff, will be held from 2:00-3:30 pm in the MSU Museum Auditorium. Representatives from Lansing-area museums, archives, galleries, and other collection-holding organizations will be on hand to talk with prospective interns about opportunities for experiential learning and professional skill-building at their respective sites. Students who have previously held internships will share experiences and representatives of the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Science will provide will provide one-on-one consultations about resume writing.


The Museum Studies Program at MSU (http://museumstudies.msu.edu/) is an interdisciplinary program open to undergraduates and graduate students interested in careers in a variety of types of museums, zoos and botanical gardens, and other arts and culture informal learning environments. In addition to the upper-level courses, practical and hands-on experiences are obtained through courses and a required internship. In Learning in Museums, students study current educational theories and approaches and apply this knowledge to programs and activities including a scavenger hunt and hands-on projects geared to K-12 students and the general public in the Spartan Garden Party. Those in Curatorial Practices have explored the work of a curator through the stages of selecting an exhibition theme, choosing and researching an object from an MSU museum collection, and working as a team with others to implement the exhibition. This year’s exhibition Collective Reflections, Individual Memories, includes diverse objects from ancient Egypt to the present.

The Broad Art Museum MSU, the MSU Museum, and the Children’s Garden are all located on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Admission to all three is free.


For more information on each, go to Broad Art Museum MSU (http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/); Children’s Garden (http://4hgarden.cowplex.com/) and the Michigan State University Museum (www.museum.msu.edu).The Benefactor’s Gallery and the Works on Paper Study Room are located on the lower level. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 1-4 p.m; Friday, 1-7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 pm.  The museum is open additional hours.