雅思作文真题：Why People Do Not Visit Local Museums? 为什么人们不愿意访问当地的博物馆？（答案——可能因为没有新奇感吧！）
>We live in cities and towns which have museums displaying objects of historical and cultural importance. Why do you think people do not visit museums in their local areas? Why museums are important to society? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Museums are usually sites of attraction for visitors from elsewhere rather than local habitatants. Nowadays, good musems everywhere mix education with entertainment, but people do not feel like visiting museums in their familiar cities and towns; instead, chiefly out of curiosity they tour museums when they travel to new places. The reason behind is that curiosity is stronger than familarity.
When it comes to visiting a tourist establishment, familarity does not breed attraction. This is why people are not particularly motivated to set foot in museums near where they live, even if admissions are free. Although many people in cities and towns are aware that objects on display are valuable to local society, it is enough for them to be sure that things of historical and cultural importance are safe there. Generally speaking, visiting a local museum is rarely considered as that kind of experience which they are waiting for. In the mind of a tourist, a new experience is expected to be found only in a new place, probably beyond borders. That is to say, people usually do not imagine that local museums with which they are familiar could be as amusing and surprising as those in other parts of the world.
On the other hand, curiosity often finds expression in enjoying unfamiliar events, such as visiting museums far away which claim to house historical and cultural treasures of distant civilizations. In view of this, it is not difficult to explain why people visit museums, referring to "in person" not "oneline". The question is why people do not visit museums in their local areas. To illustrate, an analogy can be made: touring a museum in a new place is like having the fun of window-shopping whereas visiting a local museum is like reviewing old objects in a backyard warehouse. Of course, there are feelings of two different kinds, given that museums are meant to educate and entertain people just the same. As such, it is not that museums in local areas are less important, but that museums in less understood backgrounds may sound a lot more fun.
In sum, people are not curious about local museums which they think they know well enough and they no need to know more. By visiting museums in new places, they are in for surprises, besides obtaining an amount of knowledge and pleasure that may feed their curiosity. More often than not, museums attract more tourists from other places than local residents.
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