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Hannah Toby Rose

As supervisor of education at the Brooklyn Museum, Hannah Toby Rose revolutionized how museums interacted with the public, from teaching art and art history classes in the galleries to lending video and audio recordings to enrich visitors’ experiences. Rose began working at the Brooklyn Museum as a docent in 1931 and was promoted to supervisor of education in 1943, a post she held until her retirement in 1972. She used the Brooklyn Museum as a testing ground for new, interactive experiences and spread successful ideas to other museums through her role as president of the International Committee on Education in Museums from 1953–1962. She saw museums as a unique resource for education, research, and entertainment, encouraging interactive experiences. She helped create a television series highlighting the Brooklyn Museum’s collections and organized concerts around specific exhibits which were performed at the museum and broadcast on public radio. She loaned video and audio recordings to schools both before and after museum visits to enhance students’ understandings of those field trips. Her success is evident in the fact that most museums now offer these services as a matter of course.

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Date of Birth
April 12, 1909
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
December 14, 1976

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hannah Toby Rose." (Viewed on November 19, 2018) <>.


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