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Why People Visit Museums

The world has a lot of unique features in different parts that make people visit such places with a nostalgic urge. A museum is an institution that conserves unique artifacts and other objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural significance and allows for public viewing via temporal or permanent exhibits (Gillis & Jennifer 5). In most cases, people visit museums as a simple and convenient way to learn about a new place. Certainly, people visit museums when in new places to gather historical, cultural, traditional and artistic information; that entirely serve to satisfy their curiosity.

Of the many reasons for visiting a museum, an opportunity to access and see unique masterpieces is pivotal. Some of the objects of interest include artefacts and handicrafts. Often, people have the opportunity to feel the artist’s emotion (Gillis & Jennifer 16). It is unlikely that people can satisfy their nostalgic curiosity by a mere stare on the internet or TV. Most people visit museums because they want to stand there and see different forms of painting by themselves. For example, Samburu paintings have been found thrilling to most American tourists in Kenya. Undoubtedly, no other images can substitute the momentous feelings they get for being onsite.

More often than not, museums give individuals a chance to develop a better understanding of the past culture and history. In fact, when people travel to new places, they either know little or nothing about the history of the natives. For example, tourists visiting Maasai Mara in Kenya, first go to the museum to obtain background information before visiting the countryside to see the actual nomadic lifestyles.

To sum up, museums are special centers that serve as bridges between people and new sites. Foreigners get to understand the natives’ lifestyles in a convenient and timely manner; all because of the museum’s cultural, historical, scientific and artistic variety. Ultimately, museums are the places that unfold the ‘unknown’ to give insights for understanding more in new places.




Works Cited

Gillis, Jennifer B. Museums. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke, 2008. Print.

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