IELTS Cue Card: Describe a museum you have visited and liked

Describe a museum you have visited and liked

IELTS Cue Card Question 91 With Model Answer:

Describe a museum you have visited and liked.

You should say:
  • what kind of museum it was
  • when you first went there
  • what you saw and did there
and explain why you liked this museum.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Museum is an exciting place to learn about the past and histories of numerous issues. A few weeks ago, I went to the War Remnants Museum with some of my friends.

The War Remnants Museum is located in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This museum is a place of wonderful collections of Vietnam War. The museum also contains relics and collection of the first Indochina war where the participation of the French Colonialists was a notable issue. The museum is currently operated by the state. The museum exhibits mostly the relics of the war associated with the Americans and the French. In the 1970s, the relics were exhibited on the temporary basis and were termed in a different name. Such exhibitions were also held in different parts of Vietnam to let people know about the war crimes which Vietnam has suffered. The exhibition name was changed in the 1990s.

When I was a teen, I went to the museum with my high school mates. It was an educational trip for us and we visited the museum from our school. The school authority organised for the tour and all the students of the high school had to participate in the trip. I learnt a lot of information during the trip but it was not that much popular as it in the current days. Around one million visitors come to see the war relics in this museum and it has turned into one of the most attracting places both for the natives and global travellers. But the foreign visitors are more in number than the local visitors and the opinions are different among the travellers. Some of them cannot bear the horrors of the Vietnam wars during the visit.

The museum bears the wounds of war and it is a kind of insult to the Vietnamese people. Thereby, the anti-USA elements are more visible than any other historical elements. The relics are highly sensitive for the local people and the nation as well. There are series of rooms themed with a different period. Military tools and various equipment are also kept in care inside the museum. There are some unexploded ordnances also stored inside the museum yard as the war relic. The photographs are the best thing to see in the museum and they exhibit the horrific events of the war days. I walked through the rooms and the buildings to see all the relics and deeply felt sad for the departed souls in the war.     

I like the museum for its extraordinary decoration, war relic collections and mostly the photographs. The photographs were captured by photojournalists of different countries and some of them have donated the photos for common exhibition. Though in the beginning, the museum was the house of propaganda against the USA, different changes have taken place in past years and such words or posters marking the propaganda have been removed. Besides, the museum allows the visitors to write their own thought about the entire Vietnam War issue and I liked that much as the visitors can freely write down their own thoughts and compliments.