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INVESTIGATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VISITOR LOCATION AND MOTIVATIONS TO ATTEND A MUSEUM

Foster, S, Fillis, I, Lehman, K and Wickham, M INVESTIGATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VISITOR LOCATION AND MOTIVATIONS TO ATTEND A MUSEUM. Cultural Trends. ISSN 0954-8963 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the role of visitor location and other related contributing factors in determining motivation to attend the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in the regional city of Launceston, Tasmania. It carries out an assessment of the literature on visitor motivation to attend museums and galleries, including visiting as a learning experience and as an environment for wellbeing. It also considers the role of visitor location in determining the factors behind the visit. Following our adoption of a visitor survey, this paper carries out a demographic visitor profile before considering our findings on geographical location, engagement with the museum and marketing engagement (including by visitor location). The study then carries out a series of independent t-tests with respect to visitor location, followed by ANOVA calculations with respect to the overall mean findings for different subgroups. Following this, confirmatory factor analyses determine item suitability, with four factors being identified. Following discussion of the findings and the drawing of conclusions, a series of recommendations for theory and practice are made, beginning with implications for QVMAG itself before broadening insight for other museums, galleries and cultural attractions more generally.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing, 20 Language, Communication and Culture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9 Travel and state. Tourism
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 15:14
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 15:14
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/09548963.2020.1782172
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13107

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