Return to Home Page

April 30, 2012

Museums have long served as surrogates for travel

“Museums have long served as surrogates for travel, a particularly important role before the advent of mass tourism. They have from their inception preserved souvenirs of travel, as evidence in their collections of plants, animals, minerals, and examples of the arts and industries of the world’s cultures. While the museum collection itself is an undrawn map of all the places from which the materials have come, the floor plan, which determines where people walk, also delineates conceptual paths through what becomes a virtual space of travel. Exhibiting artifacts from far and wide, museums have attempted from an early date to reconstruct the places from which these things were brought. The habitat group, period room, and re-created village bring a site otherwise removed in space or time to the visitor. During the nineteenth century, exhibitions delivered to one’s door a world already made smaller by the railroad and steamship. Panoramas featured virtual grand tours and simulated the sound and motion of trains and ships and the atmospheric effects of storms at sea. A guide lectured and otherwise entertained these would-be travelers. Such shows were celebrated in their own day as substitutes for travel that might be even better than actually going to the place depicted.”
–Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage (1998)

Posted by | Comments (2) 
Category: Travel Quote of the Day


2 Responses to “Museums have long served as surrogates for travel”

  1. DEK Says:

    In a good museum you can also time travel.

Leave a Reply

Main

Bio

Books

Stories

Essays

Video

Interviews

Events

Writers

Marco

Paris

Vagabonding.net

Contact


Vagabonding Audio Book at Audible.com

Marco Polo Didnt Go There
Rolf's new book!


Vagabonding
   Vagabonding

RECENT COMMENTS

Roger: Without a doubt, travel should broaden your belief system. If it doesn’t,...

Rolf Potts: Good stuff, Barbara — thanks. Several of these apps were new to me.

Michelle Anderson: Great post and it’s a frequent question I’m asked as...

Pauline: Thank you so much for this. I am off on my first solo trip in May and this...

Pauline: Thank you so much for this. I am off on my first solo trip in Map and this...

Julia Wright: Barbara thank you for being the helpful person you are. The world needs...

Kathryn: Wow, I hope someone explained to the guy with the speaker that you can these...

Caroline: Thanks for the comment, Roger! Yes I agree, these kinds of incidents usually...

Andy: I know him personally, and he is NOT Rod Stewart, he’s actually a therapist...

Roger: Very good post Caroline. I can remember several automotive...

SPONSORED BY :



CATEGORIES

TRAVEL LINKS

ARCHIVES

RECENT ENTRIES

Lessons learned on the road vs. lessons learned in school
Must-have smart phone travel apps
People from cultures that prize individualism tend to misapprehend cultures that don’t
Mister Universe
Vagabonding Case Study: Nellie Huang
Especially the disasters are worth it
The secret of travel is to approximate the life of a local
A day spent wandering a city never gets old
Vagabonding Field Report: Exploring the vastness of Rome
How to educate a child while traveling


Subscribe to this blog's feed
Follow @rolfpotts