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Elaine Gurian

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USA, Museum Consultant

Elaine Gurian is a consultant/advisor to a number of museums and visitor centers, such as the Museum of the City of London, UK, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, The Royal BC Museum, Victoria, Canada and the Detroit Zoo, Detroit MI. She has also worked as a senior consultant to a lot of museums’ projects in the past.

Ms. Gurian has served as the Acting Director of the Cranbrook Institute of Science from 1997-1999. From 1991 to 1994, she was the Deputy Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. During 1990 and 1991, Ms. Gurian served as Deputy Director for Public Program Planning for the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.

Ms. Gurian is also a teacher, trainer and lecturer at many academic and in-service programs of museum studies worldwide. She was named Museum Scholar in Residence, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Sante Fe, NM, in 2015, in 2012 Osher Fellow at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, in 2011 a Salzburg Scholar.

In 2006, Ms Gurian was inducted as one of the 100 Centennial Honor Roll members by the American Association of Museums. In 2004, she was honored with the Distinguished Service to Museums Awards. Gurian was awarded the “Museum Educator’s Award for Excellence” in 1985.

Ms. Gurian is currently on the editorial board of the journal Curator. Her volume, Civilizing the Museum: the Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian, was published in 2006.

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