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Museums, Heritage and Collections

Museums are powerful and influential institutions in their ability to shape knowledge and contribute to our identity. What we preserve and how we present our collections and heritage (and of course what we do not preserve and do not exhibit) is closely connected to our identity and culture.

In this Minor, students will become acquainted with the social and academic debates on museums, cultural heritage and collections. Many different types of museums and collections shall be discussed including art museums, (natural) history museums and ethnographical museums. Students will gain insight into the functions and challenges of these different types of museums and various exhibition concepts and gain an understanding of the pressing ethical issues connected to museums and heritage.

The Minor prepares the student for the MA Arts and Culture-specialization ‘Museums and Collections’, but it is also relevant for students from many other disciplines interested in studying and/or working in the field of museums and cultural heritage.

Maximum number of participants: 25
Prospectus number: 5000MUSEAN
Class number: 1025


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Museums, Cultural Heritage and Collections 10
Sources of Knowledge: Leiden University Libraries Special Collections 5 or 10

Bachelor students in Art History may register for the following course as an alternative to Museums, Cultural Heritage and Collections:

Seminar Visual Art and Architecture 10

Second semester

Depending on your major please select up to 15 ects from our course list.

Choose 15 ECTS from the following list:

Lecture Course World Art Studies: Visual Arts of Africa 5
Seminar Visual Arts: Sculpture in the Museum 5 or 10
Museums in Berlin 5 or 10
Cultural memory: Shoah in monuments, art, film and literature 5

More info

For more information see Minors in English.