Tourists and narration in the Arctic: the changing experience of museums

Johan R. Edelheim, Young-Sook Lee

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This chapter investigates a theory known as new museology, which considers how museums are forced to evolve in contemporary societies where data and alternative viewpoints are commonly available and perceived as multiple and concurrent realities. It examines, on one hand, how museums in Arctic Norway and in Finnish Lapland narrate the Arctic and, on the other hand, considers how visitors to these museums are narrating their experiences on travel review websites. The chapter aims to uncover how the separate texts might be valuable sources in filling the potential 'experiential void' that the geographic extreme has created, thus narrating into existence an 'experiential core'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArctic tourism experiences
Subtitle of host publicationproduction, consumption and sustainability
EditorsYoung-Sook Lee, David Weaver, Nina Prebensen
Place of PublicationWallingford, UK
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-78064-862-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • arctic regions
  • museums
  • social media
  • tourists
  • visitor interpretation
  • visitors
  • web sites

Field of science

  • Tourism research


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