Museum Collections Documentation System and Its Role for Tourism: The Case of National Museum of Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Nowadays heritage documentation is highly digitalized and standardized. This increases the attractiveness, descriptiveness and management of heritages; and promotes tourism industry strongly. However, inmost country’s museums the heritage collations were documented on traditional documentation structure as some researchers’ points. The main objective of this study is to assess museum collection documentation system at the National Museum of Ethiopia and explore the roles of standardized museum collection documentation for tourism industry and heritage management. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative research design and applied primary and secondary data collection tools. Purposive and simple random sampling techniques were used to obtain data among 139 sampled participants for interviews and questionnaires. Secondary data were gathered from different published and unpublished literatures. As well, observation and figures were used to fill the gaps of interviews and questionnaires. Accordingly, the collected data analyzed on qualitative and quantitative analysis approaches. The major findings revealed that the National Museum of Ethiopia heritage collections documented below professional standards; and this gap impacts on: the public, heritage management and tourism industry. The study also indicated that standardized heritage documentation gives permanent significance for tourism industry. Therefore, the researcher suggested the concerned bodies (ARCCH and Ministry of Culture and Tourism) should improve heritage documentation organizational structure and put in place guidelines and policy for heritage documentation.



Museum, Tourism, Museum Collections, Museum Tourism, Standardize Heritage Documentation