SFSU Museum Studies Program

Established 1987, with 400+ alumni and counting

An interdisciplinary program offering an undergraduate Minor and graduate Master of Arts degree in the School of Art, College of Liberal & Creative Arts. Fall Admission only for the graduate program. Designated a "Distinctive, High-Quality" program by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), and a participant in WICHE's Western Region Graduate Program, offering tuition reciprocity for residents of the 15 westernmost states. New Global Museum opening in 2017!

Congrats Class of 2018!


SF State’s new Global Museum to house Sutro’s Egyptian Collection

Just two weeks and one day away!

sfchronicle.com San Franciscans of a certain age remember Sutro Baths at Land's End, the glassed-in pleasure dome with seven huge indoor pools (six saltwater, one fresh), an ice skating rink and a museum that Adolph Sutro, the civic-minded millionaire and onetime mayor, filled with stuffed bears, Greek marbles and....

San Francisco State University's College of Liberal & Creative Arts

“The courses that I took during my studies at SFSU allowed me to have direct contact with outstanding professionals, from diverse areas in the museum field,” says Fernanda Valenzuela Hurtado, who will start an internship this September at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She is also an intern with LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Her past internships include the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Go Gators!



Alum Paige Bardolph Named Director of New Global Museum | College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Welcome back to SF State, Paige!

lca.sfsu.edu Museum Studies graduate Paige Bardolph has returned to SF State to serve as director of the Global Museum, a new public space maintaining and exhib


Open House - MA Program in Museum Studies

Admissions for Fall 2018 is now open! Interested in Museum Studies at SF State? Come to our open house. Space is still available!

eventbrite.com Open House for Prospective Applicants to SF State's Master of Arts Program in Museum Studies for Fall 2018 Admissions. Admission is free but RSVP is required. Space limited to Applicant Prospects only. We cannot accommodate guests who may be with you. Agenda: 2:50 Arrival to Fine Arts 124A and check...



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Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to announce its new location!



Being Pacific

Come support Museum Studies student Anh Bui and our friends the ASI Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center, at the opening reception of "Being Pacific" today!

asiartgallery.wordpress.com October 13, 2016 – November 10, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 2016 5pm-8pm Being Pacific contextualizes the cultural vigor and historical narratives of artists and their exper…

[10/13/16]   Last day to see 'When I Remember I See Red" at the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building Room 238! http://gallery.sfsu.edu/events/2016/09/17/853-when-i-remember-i-see-red


A Lecture by Tony Butler: All This is Yours – Social Media by michellesohnlein

Sep. 29th--Save the date! San Francisco State University Museum Studies, alongside the University of San Francisco & John F. Kennedy University, is co-hosting a spectacular lecture by Tony Butler. He will share his experiences as Executive Director of the Derby Museums Trust & founder of the Happy Museum Project to demonstrate how to make museums an integral part of a more positive future. Come join the conversation! Lecture starts at 5:30 PM with a reception to follow. See you all then!

canva.com A Lecture by Tony Butler: All This is Yours Thur., Sep 29,2016 4-6:30PM Fromm Hall, Room 101 University of San Francisco, FREE "Museums have a real opportunity to imagine a positive future where we...



Check out Monica Samantha Hernandez' MA Exhibit at the Hayward Area Historical Society! Closes September 4.

haywardareahistory.org Learn how Northern California's spectacular natrual environment enticed nineteenth and twentieth century vacationeers to picking these scenic vacation destinations. Similar to today, the naturally good weather, diverse scenery, and grand accommodations offered a variety of vacation activities from t...


Global Museum | Museum Studies

Changes afoot! New website, new year: fall semester begins August 24.

museum.sfsu.edu The Museum Studies Program, unique in California, stays on the cutting edge of its field. Students build upon their knowledge in related disciplines, gaining expertise through practical experience, professionalism and important developments in the museum world.


How Do Smithsonian Curators Decide What to Collect at the Political Conventions?

www.smithsonianmag.com For Smithsonian’s Lisa Kathleen Graddy and Jon Grinspan, it’s trying to guess what people of the future will want to know about 2016


The User Perspective on Twenty-First-Century Art Museums (Paperback) - Routledge

Next up on our summer reading!

routledge.com The User Perspective on Twenty-First Century Art Museums explains contemporary museums from the whole gamut of user experiences, whether users are preserving art, creating an exhibit, visiting, or part of institutions that use the architecture for…


The Louvre is Closing as Flood Waters Threaten Paris

atlasobscura.com It's not looking good.


2016 Poster Session RFP | Western Museums Association

Poster session at WMA Phoenix 2016 - June 3 is the proposal submission deadline http://ow.ly/LMHI300728c

westmuse.org The Western Museums Association (WMA) is pleased to accept Poster Session Proposals for the 2016 Annual Meeting to be held in Phoenix, Arizona on...


Spring 2016 MS 870 Blog: Testing Prototypes for Audience Interactives

How do we design museum interactives? Using audience feedback of course. Check out our blog to see prototypes and proposals for the new #GlobalMuseumSFSU. Our students proposed maps and crafts and more http://ow.ly/uXgC3006XXq



Professor Robert Cherny speaks on Victor Arnautoff & the Richmond Post...

Familiar with Victor Arnautoff's Bay Area murals? What about the rediscovered one at the Richmond Post Office? Come learn about its pending restoration at a Richmond Museum fundraiser this weekend - hear SFSU professor emeritus Dr. Robert Cherny http://ow.ly/2ImC3005z0u - read about its rediscovery http://ow.ly/t0QU3005zbE

richmondmuseum.org The Richmond Museum Association is delighted to welcome Dr. Robert Cherny to speak on behalf of the restoration project for Richmond: Industrial...


Video shows new SFMOMA wing rising in less than a minute

www.sfgate.com The public can’t get into the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art quite yet, but you can watch the massive new building go from little more than a hole in the ground to the new unusually-skinned addition in a time-lapse video from the folks at EarthCam. The video starts with the new addition as n...

New York Academy of Art Professional Practice Lecture - The Director and The Curator - Harry...

Our alumna Jodi Throckmorton featured in a recent talk at New York Academy of Art!

The Director and The Curator - Harry Philbrick & Jodi Throckmorton in conversation with Sharon Louden for the New York Academy of Art's Professional Practice…


Dr. Luby presenting tomorrow in the U.K.- Congrats to him and Dr. Lyall - represent!! He's in good company too - check out the program link to see other familiar authors from our class readings who will be presenting.

Congratulations to Dr. Luby!
He will be presenting a paper he has written with Professor Lyall and representing the Museum Studies/Global Museum at the Museum Studies at Leicester 50th Anniversary Conference; The Museum in the Global Contemporary.

Colleen Dilenschneider

"In order to foster an inclusive organizational culture, change must be ingrained from the top."



National Association for Interpretation NAI conference this November (scholarships available to attend! deadline 4/25)


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Excited to see the new BAMPFA? How about a gallery talk there this weekend - Pomo tribal member Susan Billy (artist, speaker, demonstrator,curator) on basket weaving (via UCB Archaeology) Here are the details http://ow.ly/10jLjr



Meet Max Hollein, new director of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

It's official. Big news up the road from us! FAMSF has a new director.

sfchronicle.com Max Hollein’s appointment as director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, announced Tuesday, is major news for art in the Bay Area. Only the...


Legal Issues in Museum Administration 2016 | ALI-CLE.org

Museum Studies museum administrators unite: exciting sessions this week in L.A. Attending? Look for Prof. Luby at this Smithsonian sponsored event by the American Law Institute at Getty Center w/sessions on cybersecurity, diversity, mobile technologies http://ow.ly/10jHxL

ali-cle.org ALI CLE Delivers High-Quality Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in Many Formats Including Live Events, Online CLE, mp3 Downloads, Books and...

[04/05/16]   MSSA meeting reminder. Today in Humanities 503 at 3:30: graduation discussion, fall developments & faculty updates on the agenda.

Museum Education Monitor

Representing Diversity: Advocating for Inclusive Development and Evaluation. Very useful FREE webinar recording from Association of Science-Technology Centers and Visitor Studies Association https://vimeo.com/120627735


Rauschenberg Foundation Eases Copyright Restrictions on Art

Copyright and digital use...making headlines again. Rauschenberg Foundation has schools like us in mind - we are glad!

www.nytimes.com The foundation has adopted a policy of making images of the artist’s work much more widely available for free.

SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Robert Arneson fans, rejoice — a new art museum's coming to UC Davis!


New Dance Studio in Creative Arts Building to Open for Spring Semester | College of Liberal &...

New Dance Studio at SF State paves way for Museum Studies' new Global Museum! Stay tuned for more updates leading up to our opening in Fall, 2016.

lca.sfsu.edu The Creative Arts Building will take a step forward, in rhythm, beginning with the spring semester.

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