Research projects

Taking as its starting point the regional development of tourism, the Touriseum investigates the cultural history of tourism as a global phenomenon from the point of view of both visitors and locals.

Archive of contemporary witnesses

In 2013 the Touriseum began to develop an archive of contemporary witnesses to continuously collect and keep tourism-related memories of people’s life stories. For the 2016 season, in its “HOTEL.GENERATIONS.STORIES” audio lounge, the Touriseum played excerpts from the memories of the everyday lives of individual generations in family-run tourist establishments in South Tyrol. A comprehensive analysis of the interviews appears under the title “The Bigger Picture – intergenerationality in family-run tourist businesses in South Tyrol” (German with English abstract) in the sixth volume of the Touriseum’s study series “Tourism & Museum”.

Behind the scenes – life and work in the hotels of Southern Tyrol/South Tyrol between 1880 and 1939

In the context of a research project intended to run from 2017 onwards, the Touriseum is investigating the living conditions and everyday work of management and employees of hotels in Southern Tyrol/South Tyrol, taken as a microcosm in order to provide a comprehensive look behind the scenes of the industry between 1880 and around 1939 – a time when tourism was still in its infancy.