Onsite Seminar


JHU Museum Studies Onsite Seminar

A two-week, intensive, period of on-ground museum study in Washington, DC, or in another location organized by the Museum Studies Program, is a required component for graduation.

The seminar includes practicum opportunities in a variety of museum settings; conversations with local museum professionals; observation of and interaction with museum visitors; and class sessions to integrate the daily experiences. Using the rich diversity of museums in the Washington area or an equally suitable site, this course provides students with the chance to use what they have learned in their prior courses, develop networks with fellow students and museum experts, and explore the latest in museum practice, including exhibition design and development, public programming, collections management, conservation, and uses of technology in the museum. Students work on directed activities during the two-week period, and the museum visits during the seminars are very focused on the academic work being accomplished. Some seminars require preparatory work before the seminar and follow-up work after the seminar. Please read the descriptions carefully.

Seminar Location and Dates

San Francisco, CA

14 students minimum to run this seminar

  • July 15 – July 26, 2019
  • Registration: February 25 – March 29, 2019

Nashville, TN

10 students minimum to run this seminar

  • November 4–15, 2019
  • Registration: June 17 – August 25, 2019

Academic Requirements

Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program to register for this class, however, four or more courses are recommended. (One of these courses must be 460.601 or 460.602). Requirements may vary for specific seminars, so please read the descriptions carefully.


Most seminars require 14 people to register before they can run. Some seminars may require more than 14. Please read the specific seminar description carefully. (The maximum number of students for each seminar is 20.) If you need the seminar to graduate in that specific semester, please register early. Do not purchase plane tickets or make other investments in your trip until you hear that there are enough participants enrolled. All students will be notified.

Important Note

Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations, and meals, as well as any specified field trip fees. The museum visits during the seminars are very focused on the academic work being accomplished. Please arrange to spend extra time before or after the seminar in the location if you wish to spend additional time at the museums.

Waiver Option

Students who are unable to travel to Washington, DC, or to other seminar locations, due to accommodation needs, financial hardship, or family challenges, may apply to the program director for an exemption to the two-week seminar. If a waiver is granted, the student must enroll in the internship option (460.750) to fulfill the onsite component of the degree requirement