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Museum Studies - Artists & Exhibits: Collections and Exhibitions

This guide will help you get started with your museum studies and public history research. In addition to recommending useful databases, this guide provides tools for browsing museum collections, ideas for staying current, and other helpful tips to guide
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Exhibition and Collection Catalogs

Exhibition catalogs include detailed lists of museum objects appearing in a specific exhibition.  These publications often include color images as well as descriptions of the objects.  Collection catalogs can also be useful.  These publications include similar details as an exhibition catalog, but for part or all of a museum's permanent collection.

To find exhibition catalogs in the library's collection, search for a topic, artist, or museum followed by the word "exhibitions" or "catalogs."

To find collection catalogs in the library's collection, search for a museum followed by the word "collection" or "catalogs."

Search RIT's library catalog using the box below:

If RIT doesn't have what you need, you can search ConnectNY, a consortium of New York State Libraries that will loan books to RIT students, faculty, and staff for free.

Search ConnectNY's catalog using the box below:

Digital Collections

Many museums have digitized images of collection objects available through their website.  Visit a museum's website and look for a "Collection" link to browse a museum's collection(s) online (e.g. The Metropolitan Museum of Art).

There are also several library databases and websites that pull together collections from different institutions.  If you're looking for a museum object to use for a mock exhibition or artifact analysis, or are just looking for fun, check out the links below.

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