Name: Museology
Code: HIS2465L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Cultural Heritage

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese, English
Regime de Frequência: Presencial


Museology aims to introduce the basic notions and concepts related to museums and museology, including an introduction to the specific fields of Museumfunctions, legislation, ethics, also taking into account the main currents, practices and trends at the international level.

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

Apply the concepts of museum and museology; classify museums according to their vocation, protection and institutional nature of the collections; analyze the functions and spaces due to a museum; elaborate form of museums observation; recognize the most characteristics of collecting and museology in Portugal throughout the xx century to the present, listing the different ways of acquiring objects for the museum; promote interest in museum institutions and reflection on them;

Identify the various stages of treatment in the incorporation of museological objects; evaluate the environmental conditions of a museum; identify the technical tools for evaluating and controlling environmental conditions and security; distinguish the different types of exposure in a museum, indicating their characteristics; evaluate the minimum required to open a museum, according to the quality of its collections and the human and financial resources.


I. Conceptual historical and methodological introduction: collecting, history of museology, museum concepts.
II. National and international museum organizations.
III. Museum types: the mission and vocation of the museum, nature of the collections.
IV. Museum functions: study, incorporation, documentation, conservation, safety, exposure and education.
V. Museum Architecture.
V. Programming Museum.
VII. Museums and the Future in the Global World. Collection and Object Functions

Teaching Methods

Theoretical-practical classes with oral presentation of contents supported by teaching materials: videos, images, websites, museum inventories, exhibition catalogs and other digital instruments. Supervised visits to museum units or invitation of Museum directors and real visit or by video conference. All scientific materials for students to work on weekly - texts, video links, summaries, program and bibliography - are available on the platform www.moodle.uevora.pt, constituting a channel for monitoring the theoretical-practical classes. Evaluation. Continuous assessment regime: 1 individual written essay / or 1 frequency (40%); work produced throughout the semester, with monitoring by the teaching team on a Museum issuel unit/theme of the Museums context, presentation, oral defense and delivery of material support (50%); attendance with participation during the weekly sessions, according to requests of the teaching team (10%). Assessment by Final Exam: 1 written exam (100%)