Topic 12 Why do people go to museums?
As a tour guide for a Japanese woman in the city of Beijingthree years ago, I was amazed that she would be interested in the ChineseCulture and History Museum, which even Chinese pupilsdoes not like to visit. Museum in my eyes used to be a really boring place,which could only display items that are dull（無趣的）and motionless（靜止的，不運動的）. Ithought Museums were dead. Until after I traveled to some places myself did Istart to realize the life of museums.（作者通過自己的實際經驗來表達對博物館看法的改變，這是老外喜歡看到的事實說法）
A place consists mainly of its past and present in terms of time. Whenyou are visiting one place, the existing scenery（現實的風景）, streetsand buildings give you chances to understand its present easily. But when itcomes to the past of a place, things are different. With time going by, thepast is always staying in the past. Sometimes with the new constructions, aplace's past can even be burnt into ashes.（本段在講述博物館的意義，記錄一個地點的過去，避免一個地方的歷史由于新事物的覆蓋而化為灰燼）
In most cases, museums preserve part of the original appearance of acertain place and present plenty of information in terms of objects andpictures that one cannot obtain from the present. Only when information fromthe present and that from the past are combined could one obtain a relativelyintegrate（完整的）image ofthe place. That is why the Japanese woman insisted that she visit the Cultureand History Museumin Beijing. Like most of other cities,Skyscrapers, glass walls and the modern street scenes are all over the place inthis city. The red and gray walls, the palaces and small courtyards, which weretypical scenes in the past, can only be found in the vintage（古老的）photographsin the museum.
Thus, visiting museums is a very effective way to understand a place'spast, therefore one can get a whole picture of a place that one visits.（文章段落清晰，表達出了去博物館的重要性和意義，非常值得研習~）