Storied Places: Hotels as Museums, Museums in Hotels

By Ulrike Zitzlsperger.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Published online: January 29, 2016 Free Download

Some hotels undergo a distinct process of “musealization” that links a “representative” hotel history with a wider regional and national context. Furthermore, this article explores how and to what effect select hotels integrate museums into their premises, thereby combining two semi-public spaces; one of which—the hotel—is by its very nature a place of transit. Examples include the Peace Hotel in Shanghai (China), the Savoy in London (England), and the Krone in Assmannshausen (Germany). It will be argued that hotel-based museums can enhance understanding of a particular history in which the setting itself adds meaning to displays. At the same time, hotels with museums become more firmly embedded in regional or urban cultural maps.

Keywords: Museums in Hotels, Exhibitions in Hotels, Hotels as Museums

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 9, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 29, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 556.282KB)).

Prof. Ulrike Zitzlsperger

Associate Professor of German, College of Humanities, Department of Modern Languages, Exeter University, Exeter, Devon, UK


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