Smart See, Smart Do: Emory University

When on a campus tour, be sure to allow time in your schedule to discover additional opportunities for learning — we think of it as part of the "Smart See, Smart Do" — the college or university has to offer. 

Curators of Learning

Founded in 1919, Emory University's landmark museum, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, holds the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast at 16,000 objects. It is also the only University Museum to present the travelling King Tut exhibition: Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs

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 Museum curators and staff are not just about acquiring artifacts and exhibitions, they're about creating opportunities for learning. According to Elizabeth Hornor, Education Director, some of the ways students at Emory engage with the Carlos Museum include:

  • Serving as a Museum Docent and lead K-12 students on gallery tours
  • Attending classes related to the collections and exhibitions taught by faculty & curators, or the conservator
  • Earning course credit through the competitive Andrew W. Mellon summer internship program

Hornor says, "We are open to new ideas for ways that students can make use of the Museum's collections."

Anne Marie Gan ’08 undertook coursework, internships, and research projects at the Carlos Museum. She served as a student docent while fulfilling her undergraduate majors in art history and Italian and completed a semester-long practical internship in the Museum’s Parsons Conservation Laboratory. Gan is one of 18 American students to receive the Luce Scholarship sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation to promote interaction with Asia. She is completing her work in Preah Norodom Sihanouk Angkor Museum in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Art History major, Madeline Schiller, enjoys her time as a student Docent. She is specifically interested in the Greek and Roman collection. Prior to becoming a docent, she supported the Office of Education’s summer camp, Camp Carlos, and hopes to work in museums, specifically in the field of education. 

The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sunday, 12 noon – 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and on university holidays. For more information about exhibits and learning opportunities, please visit the museum web site

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Campus tours and visit information at Emory is coordinated by each individual school. To learn more or to contact the school programs, please go to the University's Campus Visit pageClick here to search for a nearby hotel. Be sure to check out Travel Tips to help you plan your college visit. You may also download or print our free Smart College Visit evaluation form to help keep track of all of your campus visits.


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