Affective Atmospheres in Children’s Museum Experiences

Stefanie Hansen Steinbeck*, Ana Maria Munar

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Taking inspiration from ethnographic methods, this study presents the experiences of young children and their families, as they interact with a display at the Workers Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, analysing these through Ben Anderson's concept affective atmospheres. Adding to scholarship on emotion in leisure studies, the paper presents young visitor experiences as ongoing relational interactions between bodies, objects, and places, where atmospheres are central to the sensory leisure experience and deeply enmeshed with affectivity. With this perspective, we contribute to broadening the scholarship that challenges the division between positive and negative emotions, which continues to be foregrounded in leisure scholarship, arguing that such binary framework does not account for the granularity and complexity of emotional worlds. The research invites scholars and practitioners to attend to affective atmospheres in visitor experiences, while letting go of the notion that these can be controlled through careful curation.
TidsskriftLeisure Studies
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 1 mar. 2023

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Epub ahead of print. Published online: 01 Mar 2023


  • Emotion
  • Affect
  • Atmosphere
  • Museum
  • Visitor experience
  • Ethnography