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Museum Studies

From its inaugural issue in 1966 to its final issue in 2011, Museum Studies, the journal of the Art Institute of Chicago, attracted general and scholarly readers alike through a unique combination of elegant design, high production values, inventive topics, and an intelligent, engaging style, offering readers in-depth explorations of the Art Institute’s rich collections, history, and exhibitions.

About Museum Studies 

Issues of Museum Studies typically focused on a single, carefully chosen subject and were often linked to special exhibitions of objects in the museum’s permanent collection, such as Old Master drawings, paintings, and sculptures; Indonesian textiles; and film, video, and new media. Others introduced readers to new and notable acquisitions, the work of the museum’s conservation scientists, and the treasures of our libraries and archives.

Although the journal is no longer published, many issues are still available for purchase. Please see below for details and other tools that will help you search for specific topics.

Museum Studies as a Research Tool

To aid students and scholars in their research, we have created a complete table of contents for both in-print and out-of-print issues and a brief index to the major subjects found in the pages of every published volume of the journal. Please e-mail us if you would like to request a pdf of these documents.

Browse Museum Studies

Peruse a full list with descriptions of all in-print issues, or preview the journal by reading our online issue.

Purchase a Set

Sets of Museum Studies—from volume 11, no. 1, through volume 36, no. 2, including unavailable out-of-print issues—can be purchased through the Publications Department for $1,300. E-mail or call (312) 443-3540 for details.

Contact Us

We would love to hear your questions, comments, and thoughts. E-mail us at or call (312) 443-3540.