Positioning museums on an authenticity continuum

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    This research was designed to contribute to scholarly and applied understanding of how curators define authenticity and how those perspectives fit into the contemporary role of museums today. The study was drawn from a sample of curators based in the heritage museums of the state of Iowa, United States. A complex cross-section of ideologies behind the museum curtains is unveiled. This study positions the curators on an authenticity continuum and suggests a negotiation model reflecting active citizenship and social capital for the museum audience seeking a cultural tourism experience.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)427-447
    Number of pages21
    JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 2008


    • authenticity
    • constructivism
    • essentialism
    • museums
    • negotiation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Development
    • Marketing
    • Business and International Management
    • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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