Ships as Museums (Museum Ships, Memory Ships)



Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Studia Museologica Slovaca
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords ships as museums; museum ship; memory ship; surface vessels; historic ship; Historic Naval Ships Association; Šturec; USA; Europe; maritime museum; originally preserved ship; decommissioned ship
Description Ships have long played an important role in society, starting with ancient battles of conquest, overseas discovery voyages on the threshold of the modern age, to the transportation of trade commodities and transoceanic “journeys for a better life”. But only a small part of the vessels has survived to this day. The aim of this contribution is primarily to present them from a museum point of view, to define the terminological differences and, using the example of the most famous museum ships, to point out different forms of use of such a specific space both for exhibitions and for other activities. Another intention was to briefly outline the differences in approach to decommissioned ships between the American and European environments. The goal of this contribution is also to spread awareness about museum ships as a special kind of museum.
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