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It’s a museum, but not as we know it: issues for local residents accessing the Museum of Old and New Art

Booth, K ORCID: 0000-0002-3102-6356, O'Connor, J, Franklin, A ORCID: 0000-0002-3207-0498 and Papastergiadis, N 2017 , 'It’s a museum, but not as we know it: issues for local residents accessing the Museum of Old and New Art' , Visitor Studies, vol. 20, no. 1 , pp. 10-32 , doi:

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The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), in Australia's island state of Tasmania, bears all the hallmarks of the new museology and a flagship museum. Located in a largely working class area, there are expectations of visitors from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly local residents. However most visitors are tourists, middle-class, and highly educated. In this article, the authors ask, “What are the issues affecting accessibility to MONA for local residents?” In asking this, they aim to better understand local engagement with MONA and shed light on potential socio-cultural transformation. Using a survey, interviews, and focus groups with local residents, the authors found that accessibility at MONA is defined along familiar socioeconomic lines, though there are indications of change that warrant further investigation. The expense of food and beverage, concern about children's behavior, and the explicit nature of some art all impact on accessibility, particularly for those with less cultural capital.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Booth, K and O'Connor, J and Franklin, A and Papastergiadis, N
Keywords: bilbao effect, cultural-led regeneration, visitor studies, place, new museology
Journal or Publication Title: Visitor Studies
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1064-5578
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