West Chester University’s Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology gives students the opportunity to design and co-curate exhibits for credit hours, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.
In February, the museum featured several different exhibits on Rwanda. For the display, WCU borrowed baboon and leopard specimens from the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
Foster Krupp, a freshman who hopes to work in a museum after graduation, worked for four months designing the exhibit.
“We get hands-on experiences,” said Krupp. “We’re not in the classroom all the time.”
Michel Di Giovine, an assistant professor of anthropology and museum director, said the museum is a teaching laboratory for classes such as Collections Management, Museum Theory, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Museum Exhibit Curation.
WCU currently has around 135,000 artifacts, with some nearly 5,000 years old. More than 1,000 of these are cultural artifacts that were used in daily life, such as fabrics and textiles.