Thursday, 15 October 2015

IELTS Academic Writing - Task 2

Many museums charge for admission while others are free.

Do you think the advantages of charging people for admission to museums outweigh the disadvantages?

Visiting museums is a way of learning about a country's history, culture, art and way of life. Entrance fees depend on the type of exhibit and museum and so vary from museum to museum.

Some people believe that there should be no admission fee making museums available to all not just to those who can afford it. This will increase traffic to museums and visitors can gain valuable knowledge for free. Others might feel its unfair to pay a price to see their own cultural heritage. After all, what is housed in a museum is part of their past. Many national museums are considered public and therefore free of charge.

On the other hand, one must not forget that there are many expenses involved in looking after a museum. Electricity bills need to be paid, staff wages, maintenance fees etc. The entrance fee usually covers these costs. In addition, if someone pays for something they usually appreciate and value it more. Art and history lovers and visitors who are genuinely interested in what a museum has to offer are willing to pay a price to see it. Charging visitors for admission also increases the value of the items on display.

I believe there should be an admission fee to museums in order for them to continue to operate by covering their expenses and offering a valuable experience to people who appreciate museums. There should also be concessions to the local population, students, retired people and the unemployed to make it attractive and affordable for them to visit if they wish to do so.

Question taken from Cambridge IELTS 10 p. 102

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