When people travel to new places, they often choose the local museums as a must-see place. Sometimes the museums are even more attractive than the most famous place of interest. This phenomenon can be easily explained if the function of museums is taken into account. As we have known, museums can help us know the history, the customs and the most representative products of that place.
Different place has different history. And the most convenient way to know the history is to visit the local museum. Last year when I traveled to Xi’an, an old city, I went to the history museum to explore the course of its development. With the background knowledge provided by the museum, I found that it was easier for me to understand the city. So the museum can clear away the barriers between tourists and the city by making them familiar with its history. To a tourist, the most attractive part of a place is usually its customs, which can be demonstrated by the local museum. In the Beijing custom museum, the real life of typical Beijingers is vividly shown. A tourist can satisfy his curiosity by knowing the origin and characteristics of the quart-yard, the most classical building in Beijing. With the help of museums, tourists can have a deeper understanding of the life of local people.
Every place has its own representative products, which are usually handcrafts. Tourists can have the access to a wonderful show of these handcrafts in the local museum. For example, in Jingde town, the most famous pottery-making place in China, tourists can be excited by the beautiful pottery products and the complicated making process exhibited in the pottery museum. It will be a pity for a tourist not to experience the wonderful show of the local products in the museum.
In a word, museums serve as a bridge between tourists and the place they travel to. That is why people are so eager to visit museums when they travel to new places.
Museums are presents the whole world left to us, with which we can learn lots of things we did not previously know, be aware of what has happened in the past as well as what is going to happen in the future, or gain self-understanding. Personally, among countless factors which influence the reason for visiting museums, there are three conspicuous aspects as follows.
The main reason for my propensity for visiting museums is that more about local histories can be known in this way. Nowadays, many museums are mainly operating for responsibilities to collect, preserve historic treasures and exhibit fine art and antiquities. For instance, the National Museum of Chinese History, the first of these kinds to be established in China has over 300,000 items, including more than 2,000 first-grade pieces items, 100,000 photographs of cultural relics and over 200,000 professional books. As you walk around the General Chinese History exhibition rooms, looking at the cultural relics and imagining the past, you may feel that you are traveling along a path spanning the course of Chinese history.
Another reason can be seen by every person is that you can see something rare so much as unique in museums. For example, Emperor QinShihuang, the first emperor in Chinese history, is known as the Emperor Qin’s Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Today, the Emperor Qin's Terra-cotta Museum, "the eighth Wonder of the world", is not only a treasure house where the tourists can learn histories, but also a main scenic spot of China. The vivid pottery figures, colorful uniforms and various weapons, acclaimed as the peak of perfection, are unique forever.
Furthermore, visiting museums can enrich our knowledge about various sides, such as preventive measures of a disease, the reason of earthquake, man’s region, the latest development of the laser and so on. The inventive genius may be inspired in someone by making exhibits, because knowledge is acquired more easily in this way than being taught in class.
Still, people might list other reasons to explain why they always visit museums while traveling to new places, but the three points I have explored in the above discussion, I believe, are most relevant to the issue under discussion.
Many people visit museums when they travel to new places. By visiting museums, one can learn as much as possible about those places where one visit in a shout time.
First of all, one can learn about the history of the places in museums. Today, almost every town in the world has realized the importance to set up their own museums to exhibit historic items which belong to their past. When we visit a new place, we can get almost everything we need about its history in the museums. Last summer vacation, I and several classmates traveled to the city of Taian. At the foot of Mount Tai located a museum about General Feng Yuxiang. After visiting it, we knew a lot about Mr. Feng and what he did to the local people. He was respected by there people, and so did us.
Second, visiting museums gives information about local culture. After a long exhausting journey, what a good thing to sit in the museum theatre watching a performance about local culture. When we travel to a new place, especially for a limited time when you cannot go everywhere, so you can get as much information as possible about local culture by visiting museums.
What is more, visiting museums gives us a good chance to make new friends. Surely, there are a lot of people will visit museums like us. We can chat with them about what we see and what we hear. At the end of visiting, we sit together to have a cup of coffee and we become good friends. By exchanging telephone number, we can also keep in touch with each other late. What a good experience!
In a word, more and more people visit museums when they travel to new places because they want to get more pleasure from their journey.
People love to visit museums when traveling to new places. I think this is because museums tell them a lot about the culture of those places. Museums are also fun. It's almost impossible to get bored in a museum. Every museum will have at least one thing of interest to somebody.
When visiting someplace new, you can find out about the culture of that place in many ways. You can go to a movie or a place of worship or a nightclub. Another option is to sit in the park and listen to the people around you. The easiest way to learn about a-place's culture, though, is by visiting its museums. Museums will show you the history of the place you're visiting. They'll show you what art the locals think is important. If there aren't any museums, that tells you something, too.
Museums are fun. Even if you're not interested in art or history, there is always something to get your attention. Many museums now have what they call "hands-on" exhibits. These were originally designed to keep children occupied while their parents were looking at exhibits. However, museums have found that adults enjoy hands-on opportunities just as much as children. These exhibits have activities like pushing a button to hear more about what you're looking at, creating your own work of art, or trying on clothes like those on the models in the museum.
People also enjoy visiting museums about unusual subjects. For instance, in my hometown there's a museum devoted to the potato. This museum has art made out of potatoes. It also tells all about the history of the potato, and sells potato mementos like key chains and potato dolls. People enjoy visiting this museum because it's different. It's not something they'd find in their hometown and the museum's curators enjoy talking about the Great Potato.
Museums are popular because they are about us. They reflect our creations, our values, and our dreams. No matter who you are or what you like, somewhere there is a museum that will amaze and interest you.
Do you like to visit a museum when you visit a new place? I'd love to. Because it's an easy way to know the history, the custom, the people, the culture and natural environment there.
When you arrive at a place, ask which kind of museum they have. To do this you can know what the people there like. For example, if there are a lot of are museums, the people must like art very much. So you can enjoy an atmosphere of art there.
If there is a history museum, it's the best way to know the history of this area. It can tell you when the area was built, whether it has a long history, who came here first, what happened in this area—maybe a revolution or a war, what changed the people's life there, and so on. If you want to know the people there, you must know the history there. Because it's history what affect people's behavior, emotion and custom. If there is a special festival, maybe it's related with a historical affair.
Want to visit a nature museum? It's a good idea. There must be introduction about the natural environment there. Why to know that? We can get information about why people there eat this kind of food, maybe it's because of the weather. And where is the best place to visit in this area.
Go to visit an art museum. Which kind of art you find there? Modern art? Then it may be a modern place. Classical art? It may be a city with a long history. Maybe you can enjoy an old way of life there.
Don't forget the science museum. It can tell you how the people developed their technology, whether the science there is well developed. Do people use new technology to develop this area? If not, it's the best explanation to the question why people there fall behind with people in other areas.
So go to a museum, it can tell you about a new place more than you think.