The experience of a museum space

Schorch, Philipp 2013, The experience of a museum space, Museum management and curatorship, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 193-208.

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Title The experience of a museum space
Author(s) Schorch, Philipp
Journal name Museum management and curatorship
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 193
End page 208
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0964-7775
1872-9185
Keyword(s) visitor experience
visitor research
aesthetics
museum exhibitions
narrative
hermeneutics
meaning
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Summary Drawing on a long-term narrative study of global visitors to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), this paper illuminates the experience of a museum space. It sheds light on the interpretive interplay between museological space, content and narrative throughout the construction of meanings by museum visitors. I argue that these spatial dynamics emerge as a condition of meaning-making, or hermeneutic foundation, which facilitates the subsequent processes of meaning-making, or interpretations. The hermeneutic examination of the research material treats Te Papa as a physical space or form with its individual components such as architecture, exhibition design and display. This is followed by an inspection of content which reveals the key function of ‘narrative’ as a human meaning-making tool in mediating the mutual relationship of spatial form, museological content and meaning. The empirical insights into the complexity of the visitor experience reveal that representational and non-representational dimensions, or narrative and embodiment, are inextricably entangled in the quest for meaning.
Language eng
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051702

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