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The Museum Studies Program at Earlham is operated cooperatively by the History, Biology, Geology and Art departments with the Joseph Moore Museum, the regional natural history museum on campus.

Our approach is interdisciplinary and is designed to combine a liberal arts education with the practical aspects of museum work.

Our aim is to provide a foundation in the history, best practices and critical issues of museology, and to introduce students to a variety of museums and museum activities through experiential education.

Students who choose Museum Studies benefit from the staff and collections at the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History, the Geology Department and the Earlham College Art Collections.


Museum Studies students often work as interns or volunteers at the Wayne County Historical Museum and Richmond Art Museum.

Off-campus study also provides exceptional opportunities to explore the practical aspects of museum work, such as gallery work as part of the New York Arts program.

While participating in the England program, students have completed curatorial, research and exhibition projects at the National Maritime Museum, Museum of London, London Archeological Archive and Research Center, White Cube Gallery, Chisenhale Art Gallery, Leighton House Museum and Imperial War Museum: HMS Belfast.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.