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Managing & Caring for Museum Collections


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Weekends
  • Cost : $633

Next Start Date:

January 9, 2021

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

In this course you'll examine methods used to physically and intellectually manage various types of objects for their long-term preservation. We'll focus on the types of work typically done by collection managers and registrars. Hands-on assignments and labs give you practice in numbering, labeling and identifying proper storage materials for preventive conservation and in writing a condition report for actual objects. You'll also write a disaster preparedness plan and an acquisition policy and consider whether to accept objects based on this policy.

Topics include:

  • Collection management policies and procedures
  • Labeling collection objects
  • Accessioning, deaccessioning, cataloging, collection-based records management
  • Care of collections in storage
  • Preventative conservation of collections, with emphasis on archaeological collections
  • Introduction to computer database systems for collection registration
  • Documentation of collection objects


Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Museum Studies .

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Course Sessions


Meet your instructor

Kathrine Young

Senior Collections Manager, Puget Sound Navy Museum


You'll earn 1.8 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.

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