Dumbarton Oaks Museum

Museum Byzantine Coins Program

The Dumbarton Oaks Museum has world-class collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian objects, as well as a House Collection of Medieval and Renaissance art. The galleries are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The museum also hosts a program of in-house temporary exhibitions, gallery talks, and other events. The intern will work on two specific projects:

The intern will assist with establishing an electronic database as well as with the rotation and installation of coin displays in the museum’s galleries. The Dumbarton Oaks Museum is home to one of the world’s greatest collection of Byzantine coins. The approx. 12,000 coins span the duration of the Byzantine empire and afford unique insight into its sociopolitical and economic history. In addition to gaining knowledge about Byzantine numismatics, the intern will acquire experience in collection database management procedures.

The second project will support the preparation of the online catalogue of the museum’s Byzantine/early Islamic textile collection. The intern will assist with standardizing the project’s shared bibliography compiled in Zotero (an open source reference management tool), including checking for consistency in data entry; following up incomplete entries by checking online record with resources in library; and editing/adding bibliographic entries.

Through these two projects the intern will participate in collection catalogue work, engage in research and development of exhibition concepts, and acquire skills related to curation and exhibition preparation.

For a glimpse into the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine coin collection, visit the online exhibition “The Byzantine Emperors on Coins.” 

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