Master of Museology

The Master of Museology offers the opportunity to reflect deeply on and experiment with new visions of heritage and its role in society. It focuses heavily on the future and on new approaches. The use of the term museology, rather than museum studies, is not only a reference to an academic foundation but is also intended to stress the fact that the focus is not on institutional frameworks. The programme places collections and museums in the wider heritage and socio-political context.


Studying at the Reinwardt Academy means opting for intensive contact with cultural heritage in tangible objects as well as in intangible stories and recollections. About 20 selected students annually enrol in the programme. Which provides graduates with a wide range of theoretical knowledge and helps them develop an academic approach to museology combined with applied professional competencies. The students are treated as colleagues and develop skills to take part in the public discourse. During their 18 months of studying, they become part of the international Academy’s network. As alumni they build their careers within cultural heritage organizations and also as independent consultants.

Amsterdam & international orientation

The Reinwardt Academy is located in Amsterdam, offering a stimulating environment with top-ranking international institutes in the field of heritage near at hand. Our students from all over the world bring an international flavour with new perspectives. For example, an Italian student did the preliminary works for an exhibition of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, in collaboration with New York Guggenheim Museum and Gropius Bau Berlin. Other students worked on innovative concepts for the Finnish design museum Alvar Aalto.

Programme details

Study load 90 EC
Study length 18 months
Lingua franca English
CROHO code 70038 (M Museology)
Title Master of Arts (MA)

Hester Dibbits
Programme director
Menno Welling
Programme coordinator
Wilma Wesselink
Office manager & student affairs