Grief Tourism

Travel to areas affected by natural disasters, places where people were murdered, etc. featuring assassination-related tourist spots

16th March 2007

A recent blog entry featured places that pay homage to figures whose lives were cut short by an assassin’s hand. Sounds like grief tourism to me and some of the destinations are featured on

You’ve got Rome, where Caesar was assassinated. You’ve got Dallas where there’s a famous grassy knoll on the north side of Elm Street and John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza. Then there’s Washington D.C. where you can see a play at Ford’s Theatre, the Lincoln Memorial, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine (to see the .44 caliber bullet which was removed from Lincoln’s head, plus a skull fragments from Honest Abe). And there’s New York City’s Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park in memory of John Lennon who was shot nearby outside the Dakota building.

One Response to “ featuring assassination-related tourist spots”

  1. golds Says:

    This request does not really relate to the article. But I still hope that some of you could help me out here.

    I am currently doing research for a short documentary for my Master course in TV Journalism.
    The film intends to find out the underlying motivations that make people to visit places which were site of a disaster. I would like to focus on the events surrounding the stranding of the containership Msc Napoli in Devon on Jan 20. It attracted many people to visit the Lyme Bay World Heritage Coast site where the vessel was beached a mile off the coast.

    Is there anyone or do you know anyone who went there? I would very much like to hear your story and/or experience surrounding this incident.

    If possible, please email me:
    Every reply would be appreciated.

    Thank you