Τhe newly-created Department of Museum Studies, based in Pyrgos, which has been created by the law 4610/2019 FEK 70/Α/7-5-2019, aims at providing broad academic education in the scientific field of Museology.

The role, the development and the management of museums has advanced to a high degree over the last decades. Similalry, particularly impressive has been the development in Greece and internationally of the number of academic courses, books, conferences and other activities that relate to the ‘science of the museum’. Museology has become one of the par excellence interdisciplinary academic fields. It studies ‘the history of the museum, its role in society, its specific forms of research and physical conservation, presentation and dissemination, organisation and functioning, new or musealised architecture, the sites that have been received or chosen, the typology and the deontology of the museum’.

The educational role of the Department of Museum Studies in its full development consists in providing students with in-depth understanding of the theoretical directions of Museology as well as its practical applications and methods, as reflected in Greek and international research, practice and experience. Students will be equipped with a wide range of knowledge and skills that concern the different dimensions of the functioning of museums and related cultural sites - creation / documentation / interpretation / conservation of collections, presentation / communication of the museum material, and research / education based on the museum material - which they will be able to apply at any museum, and they will be encouraged to develop critical understanding of, and approach to contemporary museum issues in the changing social, cultural, political and economic context.

Recognizing the multidimensional and complex character of museums and the related cultural sites, which requires a rich variety of perspectives and approaches, the Programme of Studies is organised in a way that students, following the core (compulsory) or optional courses, are introduced during the first semesters in knowledge fields that:

a. are related to the creation, study and curation of museum collections (such as Archaeology, History, Art, Science, Technology),

b. provide critical approach and methods (such as Cultural Theory, Social Research),

c. constitute fields of knowledge that are in creative dialogue with Museology (such as Technologies of Information and Communication).
The following semesters aim at the specialisaton of the scientifc identity of students. The structute of the Programme allows them to follow and become specialised in one of the three key groups of knowledge orientation: Collections / Conservation, Exhibitions /  Communication, and Education / Learning.
A key part of the programme are the visits to museums, galleries, exhibitons and cultural sites, the seminars, the practical exercises and the realisation  of experimental projects, that prepare students for their potential privileged professional environment. The career opportunities in museums and cultural institutions are increased with the development of the scientific field of Museology and its growing significance for the local, national and international economy. In parallel, students are given the opportunity to being involved with museological research and accessing the second and the third cycle of studies.
The minimum compulsory length of study leading to the Bachelor’s degree is set at eight (8) semesters.

Chairman: 
Dimitris Koliopoulos, Professor
Deputy Chairman: 
Παναγιωτόπουλο Γεώργιο, Επίκουρο Καθηγητή
Secretary: 
Giorgios Dimakis
Phone: 
2621020890
2621020888
Fax: 
2621025494
Address: 
Department of Museum Studies
24, Riga Fereou street
27100 Pyrgos