Davis, A. and Smeds, K. (Eds.) (2016). Visiting the Visitor: An Enquiry into the Visitor Business in Museums, Transcript Verlag, 2016, 250 pp. ISBN: 978-3-8376-3289-7.

Taş Gürsoy İ.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TOURISM RESEARCH, vol.19, pp.154-155, 2018 (Scopus)

  • Publication Type: Article / Book Review
  • Volume: 19
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.154-155
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The volume has made quite an impression on me regarding its solid theoretical base and lively depictions of museum spaces with examples taken from various countries. Each chapter gives a fresh voice to the debate by presenting a different theoretical perspective on institutional, personal and/or practical aspects of visitor/ visiting experience. While answering a lot about visitor experience, the volume plants new questions and new ideas for further research in the minds of readers. However, a drawback would be lack of an afterword which would provide an integrating ground for such a comprehensive volume. Regarding its scope and depth, this volume can be suggested as a textbook for graduate students and researchers interested in culture, tourism and leisure. I also believe that readers who are not necessarily involved in a related study area but enjoy reflexive thinking about experiencing social life will find the volume interesting as it sets to explore meaning of experience asa visitor.