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So You Want to Work in a Museum?


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Chapter 1: From Art to Zoology: Types of Museums Chapter 2: Organizational Structure Chapter 3: The Front Line: Visitor Services Chapter 4: Education Chapter 5: Working with Objects Chapter 6: Exhibitions Chapter 7: Conservation Chapter 8: Communications Chapter 9: Development Chapter 10: The Executive Office Chapter 11: Administration Chapter 12: Universal Skills and Distinct Pathways Chapter 13: Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Twenty-Four: Opportunities and Challenges Chapter 14: Where Are Museums Going? Chapter 15: Resources

About the Author

Tara Young is an experienced museum professional and a professor of museum studies at Tufts University. Currently an independent consultant, she has held positions at several museums on both coasts. Most recently, she served on the founding staff of the Museum of Russian Icons, in Clinton, MA, which received AAM accreditation in 2015. Tara has degrees in the history of art and architecture from Harvard College and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Tisch College of Tufts University. She lives in Central Massachusetts.


Tara Young is on a mission - a mission to excite people about the prospect of a museum career at a time when museums arguably most need diverse and creative talent. Aimed at aspiring museum professionals of all ages and backgrounds, Young grounds readers in the basics of museum types, structures, sizes, and challenges before diving into a comprehensive catalog of job titles. This book gives us a potent antidote to the struggles and difficult conversations facing museums today. -- Anne W. Ackerson, co-author, Leadership Matters and Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace; and co-founder, Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM
This book shines a light on a needed path, supporting those who are considering a museum career journey. It provides a breadth of basic insights in order to encourage more intentional entry into the field. And, its candid approach should inspire a number of personal reflections. -- Dina Bailey, CEO, Mountain Top Vision

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