The Visitors’ Perception of Authenticity at the Museums: Archaeology Versus Modern Art

Current Issues in Tourism, 2014, 17(6), 518-538, doi: 10.1080/13683500.2012.742042

Posted: 18 Feb 2020

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Juan Gabriel Brida

Universidad de la República

Marta Disegna

Bournemouth University AFE Department

Raffaele Scuderi

Kore University of Enna - School of Economics

Date Written: June 7, 2012

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyse quantitatively the visitors’ perception of authenticity in two different types of museums: archaeology versus modern and contemporary art. The research is based on 1,288 questionnaires collected from June to September 2011 among the visitors of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (ÖTZI) in Bolzano and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART) in Trento-Rovereto. Logit models were used in order to estimate the set of independent variables that significantly influence both the perception of the authenticity and the “virtual” choice between the two types of museums considered. The results suggested that the authenticity perception was related to peculiar authenticity-related factors and by specific socio-demographic characteristics of the interviewee, although some common elements emerge. In particular, ÖTZI authenticity is linked to its uniqueness in the world, whereas MART visitors relate authenticity to the perception that it was not just a tourist attraction. The empirical evidence of the used quantitative methods confirms a well-known concept in the literature that is of authenticity perception as dynamic experience, varying with the peculiar characteristics of the attraction analysed.

Keywords: Authenticity, Museums, Logit Model

JEL Classification: C25, D12, L83

Suggested Citation

Brida, Juan Gabriel and Disegna, Marta and Scuderi, Raffaele, The Visitors’ Perception of Authenticity at the Museums: Archaeology Versus Modern Art (June 7, 2012). Current Issues in Tourism, 2014, 17(6), 518-538, doi: 10.1080/13683500.2012.742042, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2079598 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2079598

Juan Gabriel Brida (Contact Author)

Universidad de la República ( email )

Av. 18 de Julio
Montevideo, 1968
Uruguay

Marta Disegna

Bournemouth University AFE Department ( email )

Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road,
Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

Raffaele Scuderi

Kore University of Enna - School of Economics ( email )

Faculty of Economics and Law
Via delle Olimpiadi
Enna, Enna 94100
Italy

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