TOEFL Essay Topic 12 - Many people visit museums when they travel to new places. Why do you think people visit museums? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
As a tour guide of a Japanese woman in the city of Beijing three years ago, I was amazed that
As a tour guide of a Japanese woman in the city of Beijing three years ago, I was amazed that she would be interested in the Chinese Culture and History Museum, which even Chinese pupils dislike to visit. Museum in my eyes used to be a really boring place, which could not provide vivid scene behind the items displayed. I thought it was dead. Until after I myself traveled to some places did I begin to realize the life of museums.
A place consists mainly of its past and present in terms of time. When you are visiting one place, the existing things give you chances to understand its present easily. But when it comes to the past, things are different. With time going by, past is always staying in the past. Sometimes with the construction of a certain place, its past can even be burnt to ashes.
In most cases, museums preserve part of the original appearance of a certain place and give out plenty of information that one can not obtain from the current condition the place is in. only after information from the present and that from the museum are combined could one gain a relatively integrate image of some place. That is why the Japanese woman insisted she visit the Culture and History Museum in Beijing. Like most of other cities, Skyscrapers, glass walls are the common scenes in this city. The high and gray walls and small courtyards, which were representative scenes, can only be found in the being-yellow photographs in the museum.
Thus, visiting museums becomes a very effective way to understand some place profoundly.