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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay related to the topic of museum entrance fees from the real IELTS test.

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Museum Entrance Fees (Real IELTS Test)

Many museums charge for admission while others are free.

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

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Many are of the belief that museums should be free to the public because of their enormous potential to educate while others feel charging money helps ensure the quality of the art therein. I concede the benefits of the latter argument but would still side with those who advocate free admissions.

The main reason that many are in support of charging money is that it sustains both the maintenance and quality of exhibitions. A good example of this would be the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. MoMA is generally regarded as one of the finest museums in the world and is famous not only for its well-maintained facade but also the ever-rotating artworks on display. They charge a nominal entrance fee in the neighbourhood of $20 a ticket and invest that money wisely to ensure a memorable experience for all museum-goers.

Despite the advantages for a private museum such as MoMA, I think making all museums free would encourage more people to appreciate art. A contrasting example with MoMA would be a museum just a few blocks away: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET has educated and uplifted millions of citizens regardless of their socioeconomic status. The wealthy who can afford museum admission are likely to already have a deep appreciation of the arts as well as the leisure time to enjoy their practice. People, and children especially, from poorer backgrounds have fewer opportunities and free museums is the best way to support appreciation of the arts en masse.

In conclusion, the benefits of free museum admissions, particularly for lower income families, outweigh the benefits of charging. The bigger issue is how governments and other organisations can budget free or relatively inexpensive museums.

Analysis

1. Many are of the belief that museums should be free to the public because of their enormous potential to educate while others feel charging money helps ensure the quality of the art therein. 2. I concede the benefits of the latter argument but would still side with those who advocate free admissions.

  1. Paraphrase the main topic for your first sentence.
  2. State your opinion clearly in the second sentence.

1. The main reason that many are in support of charging money is that it sustains both the maintenance and quality of exhibitions. 2. A good example of this would be the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. 3. MoMA is generally regarded as one of the finest museums in the world and is famous not only for its well-maintained facade but also the ever-rotating artworks on display. 4. They charge a nominal entrance fee in the neighbourhood of $20 a ticket and invest that money wisely to ensure a memorable experience for all museum-goers.

  1. The first sentence of each paragraph should be a topic sentence with your main idea. My main idea here is that charing money is good for maintanence and the quality of exhibitions.
  2. Begin developing a specific example.
  3. Keep developing that same example – don’t switch to another example or main idea.
  4. Finish developing the example and conclude your main idea.

1. Despite the advantages for a private museum such as MoMA, I think making all museums free would encourage more people to appreciate art. 2. A contrasting example with MoMA would be a museum just a few blocks away: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3. The MET has educated and uplifted millions of citizens regardless of their socioeconomic status. 4. The wealthy who can afford museum admission are likely to already have a deep appreciation of the arts as well as the leisure time to enjoy their practice. 5. People, and children especially, from poorer backgrounds have fewer opportunities and free museums is the best way to support appreciation of the arts en masse.

  1. Another topic sentence – keep these simple and put the main idea at the end of the sentence to make your writing clear.
  2. Begin another specific example.
  3. Develop it.
  4. Keep developing the example. Be as specific and detailed as possible.
  5. Conclude the example and paragraph.

1. In conclusion, the benefits of free museum admissions, particularly for lower income families, outweigh the benefits of charging. 2. The bigger issue is how governments and other organisations can budget free or relatively inexpensive museums.

  1. Repeat your opinion.
  2. Add in an extra detail or final thought for full points for task achievement.

Vocabulary

Try to figure out what the words in bold mean:

Many are of the belief that museums should be free to the public because of their enormous potential to educate while others feel charging money helps ensure the quality of the art therein. I concede the benefits of the latter argument but would still side with those who advocate free admissions.

The main reason that many are in support of charging money is that it sustains both the maintenance and quality of exhibitions. A good example of this would be the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. MoMA is generally regarded as one of the finest museums in the world and is famous not only for its well-maintained facade but also the ever-rotating artworks on display. They charge a nominal entrance fee in the neighbourhood of $20 a ticket and invest that money wisely to ensure a memorable experience for all museum-goers.

Despite the advantages for a private museum such as MoMA, I think making all museums free would encourage more people to appreciate art. A contrasting example with MoMA would be a museum just a few blocks away: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET has educated and uplifted millions of citizens regardless of their socioeconomic status. The wealthy who can afford museum admission are likely to already have a deep appreciation of the arts as well as the leisure time to enjoy their practice. People, and children especially, from poorer backgrounds have fewer opportunities and free museums is the best way to support appreciation of the arts en masse.

In conclusion, the benefits of free museum admissions, particularly for lower income families, outweigh the benefits of charging. The bigger issue is how governments and other organisations can budget free or relatively inexpensive museums.

Answers

free to the public costs nothing

enormous potential lots of possibility

ensure the quality make sure it is good

therein in there

concede admit

latter last idea mentioned

side with agree with

advocate am behind

sustains supports

maintenance up keep

exhibitions art displays

MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York City

generally regarded mostly thought of

finest museums best museums

well-maintained facade nice exterior

ever-rotating artworks on display new works of art all the time

nominal entrance fee small cost to get in

in the neighbourhood of around

invest put money into

wisely smartly

memorable experience unforgettable

museum-goers visitors to museums

private museum museum not owned by the government

appreciate art think highly of and understand art

contrasting example instance that shows the opposite

blocks streets

uplifted increase/make happier

regardless of nonetheless

socioeconomic status amount of money they have

deep appreciation of the arts love art

poorer backgrounds people with less money

en masse altogether

lower income families poor families

bigger issue most pressing matter

budget amount of money they have to spend

relatively inexpensive fairly cheap

Pronunciation

friː tuː ðə ˈpʌblɪk 
ɪˈnɔːməs pəʊˈtɛnʃəl 
ɪnˈʃʊə ðə ˈkwɒlɪti 
ðeərˈɪn 
kənˈsiːd 
ˈlætə 
saɪd wɪð 
ˈædvəkɪt 
səsˈteɪnz 
ˈmeɪntənəns 
ˌɛksɪˈbɪʃənz 
ˈməmʌ
ˈʤɛnərəli rɪˈgɑːdɪd 
ˈfaɪnɪst mju(ː)ˈzɪəmz 
wɛl-meɪnˈteɪnd fəˈsɑːd 
ˈɛvə-rəʊˈteɪtɪŋ ˈɑːtˌwɜːks ɒn dɪsˈpleɪ 
ˈnɒmɪnl ˈɛntrəns fiː 
ɪn ðə ˈneɪbəhʊd ɒv 
ɪnˈvɛst 
ˈwaɪzli 
ˈmɛmərəbl ɪksˈpɪərɪəns 
mju(ː)ˈzɪəm-ˈgəʊəz 
ˈpraɪvɪt mju(ː)ˈzɪəm 
əˈpriːʃɪeɪt ɑːt 
kənˈtrɑːstɪŋ ɪgˈzɑːmpl 
blɒks 
ʌpˈlɪftɪd 
rɪˈgɑːdlɪs ɒv 
ˌsəʊsɪəʊˌɛkəˈnɒmɪk ˈsteɪtəs 
diːp əˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n ɒv ði ɑːts 
ˈpʊərə ˈbækgraʊndz 
ɛn mæs
ˈləʊər ˈɪnkʌm ˈfæmɪliz 
ˈbɪgər ˈɪʃuː 
ˈbʌʤɪt 
ˈrɛlətɪvli ˌɪnɪksˈpɛnsɪv 

Vocabulary Practice

Many are of the belief that museums should be ______________ because of their ______________ to educate while others feel charging money helps ______________ of the art ______________. I ______________ the benefits of the ______________ argument but would still ______________ those who ______________ free admissions.

The main reason that many are in support of charging money is that it ______________ both the ______________ and quality of ______________. A good example of this would be the Museum of Modern Art (______________ ) in New York City. MoMA is ______________ as one of the ______________ in the world and is famous not only for its ______________ but also the ______________. They charge a ______________ ______________ $20 a ticket and ______________ that money ______________ to ensure a ______________ for all ______________.

Despite the advantages for a ______________ such as MoMA, I think making all museums free would encourage more people to ______________. A ______________ with MoMA would be a museum just a few ______________ away: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET has educated and ______________ millions of citizens ______________ their ______________. The wealthy who can afford museum admission are likely to already have a ______________ as well as the leisure time to enjoy their practice. People, and children especially, from ______________ have fewer opportunities and free museums is the best way to support appreciation of the arts ______________ .

In conclusion, the benefits of free museum admissions, particularly for ______________, outweigh the benefits of charging. The ______________ is how governments and other organisations can ______________ free or ______________ museums.

Listening Practice

Interested in going to MoMA someday?

Reading Practice

You won’t regret clicking on this link about the MET below!

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

Student Sample Corrections

Many believe that the entrance to museums and art exhibits should be free as they house various exhibits that reflects a country’s culture and background. In my opinion, I completely agree with this because it will give and opportunity for every person to visit these places and it is a place of education.[G1] 

Having no entrance fee would be mean everyone, irrespective of their financial status will have an equal opportunity to frequent this place. The exhibits in the museum such as the painting and the artifacts belong to the country and the people., Ttherefore charging a fee limiting the number of people who can go would be unfair. For example, a person living on the streets should be able to see these exhibits and learn about his country even if he is unable to pay for it. Being reachable to everyone would also mean that everyone would be able to learn about theirt country and develop a sense of identity and belonging.[G2] 

The museums and art galleries also serves the purpose of being an educational tool and therefore it should be free. Students especially frequent this places regularly to do research and to gain knowledge. For example, a student wishing to do a project on the origin of his country’s music, may need to visit the museum to get a better insight on the subject. However, charging an entrance fee may discourage the student from visiting and would limit his knowledge on the project.[G3] 

In conclusion, the museum and art gallery should be free so that everyone will get an opportunity to visit these places to learn about their country. The government should continue to fund museums so that it continues to play its role in educating people about various aspects of a country.[G4] 


 [G1]Very good introduction with the topic clearly restated and a clear opinion from the very beginning.

 [G2]Clear main idea and support and you stick to your one main idea for the whole paragraph!

 [G3]Good hypothetical example!

 [G4]Very good that you included an extra detail!

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