Museum Studies

G.E.M.S. - Graduate Experience in Museum Studies


To promote interest in museums, to provide fellowship among students and faculty interested in museums, and to provide a forum for innovative ideas that will benefit the WIU-QC community. 


Annual Workshop and Symposium

Enhance student and museum professional's careers and knowledge with hands on activities have to do with issues in museums and presentations dealing with museum based studies and/or experiences.

  • 2010: Public Speaking and Collection Management
  • 2011: Silent Pedagogy in Motion: Revisiting & Rethinking


Assist local institutions with museum related projects such as cleaning permanent exhibitions, assisting with events and helping install and de-install exhibitions.

  • Putnam Museum Service Day
  • Campbell Center Service Day


GEMS welcomes any student at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, graduate or undergraduate, to be an active member. Non-students are also welcome to become associate members, but may not vote or hold office.

Please contact:

Dr. Pamela J White

Director, Museum Studies


Western Illinois University

Quad Cities Complex 1225, Moline, IL 61265

Phone: (309) 762-3999 ext. 62340