Nowadays museums have become more and more important. What are the purposes of places such as museums and how should they be funded?
It is well known that a museum is a building to display a collection of artistic, historical, cultural or military objects. Undoubtedly museums can have a variety of purposes in the city; I think two roles the museums play can illustrate they are worth visiting.
Visiting museums is informative. Once I visited a military museum in Beijing, China, soon I learned that an ancient warrior might have outfought his enemies in combat if he had had great strength while a modern soldier should be armed with sophisticated weapons. Therefore present soldiers should spend far much time on studying modern technology instead of building up muscles. Likewise, if you visit other museums, you will have a better perception on a certain field, because you can witness some genuine objects which cannot be seen on books.
In addition, a museum can function to cultivate one's sense of patriotism. In china, schools often organize trips to some historical museums. When the students learn that many years ago, a number of countries invaded China robbing treasure and killing Chinese civilians, promptly they will establish a strong sense to defend the nation, revealing that only a strong motherland can give them pride and safety.
Now we talk about how to fund a museum. A museum can never be considered as a financial burden to society. I suggest that the Government should invest a small amount of money on advertisements for the museums in the city. For example, ads of the museums should be forwarded on the travel brochures or maps of the city. Consequently tourists come and admission tickets are collected. Both reputation and funds are earned.
In brief, museums should play a role as an instructive means of the city and incomes from admission can keep them running properly.
Museums illuminate the culture, history and arts of the world. Every country and government spares no effort or money to enrich the collection of museums to cater for different tastes or needs of people for the benefit of the present and future generations. There are bounteous museums all over the world.
The British Museum, which is maybe the largest one in the world, provides visitors with all-round knowledge about the world culture and arts. The visitors to the museum are all overwhelmed by the magnificence of the culture and history of mankind. If one wants to know about the development of human science and industry, he can have a tour to The Museum of Science and Industry located in Chicago, the United States, where a detailed scientific progress is presented vividly. You cannot miss every achievement human beings have made in history and you are sure to be shocked by the civilization our forefathers created. If one wants to have a browse of the important events in the past, American Museum of Photography is the best choice. It abounds in precious historical pictures and gives visitors unforgettable memory. Apart from the state-owned museums, there are also innumerable private museums whose purpose is to exhibit their cherished collection and popularize knowledge.
With a view to giving people updated information and rendering them a more detailed overview, many countries invest a great deal of money in the foundation of museums, because museums disseminate human knowledge and culture, which are more significant for the development of the young generation. Besides, entrepreneurs and individuals should also lay a fund for the improvement and rebuild of museums. The prosperity of human culture is the responsibility of not only the government, but also every individual and organization.