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Vocabulary for Visiting a Museum

Added by Tomasz H. 26 May 2014 in category: English, Lexicon

Taking a trip to a museum can help to expand your knowledge. Today I show you the vocabulary, which you use or at least you should know during visiting a museum. Broaden your cultural awareness and let's start the tour.


When you go to a museum or gallery you choose the exhibitions in which you are interested.

It depends on you, what you like:

-          Modern art

-          Classical paintings

-          Impressionist paintings

-          Pottery

-          Skulptures

-          Ancient artefacts

Exhibition is a public display of work in a museum or gallery for people to see. To enter the building you have to pay the admission fee. However, there're many museums which don't have the fee charged to enter the place. When the exhibition is free of charge, you can give a donation – money that you give to a organization in order to help then. You can wander around (walk slowly around museum, without clear purpose) the museum alone or use a tour guide – a person which show tourists places of interest.

During your visit you can see attendants who look after or help visitors in museum. They also will keep an eye on if you do not take pictures. If you have a camera with you, a backpack and jacket – you have to leave it in cloakroom. After visiting museum you can go to the gift shop and buy some souvenirs. And one more information – remember, many museum are closed on Mondays.

Have a nice time in museums all around the world.



museum - a building where objects of historical, scientific, or artistic interest are kept

gallery - a room or building that is used for showing works of art

pottery - objects that are made out of clay by hand

sculpture - the art of forming solid objects that represent a thing, person, idea, etc. out of a material such as wood, clay, metal, or stone, or an object made in this way

artefact - an object that is made by a person, such as a tool or a decoration, especially one that is of historical interest

exhibition - public display of art/works/items held in a museum/gallery for people to see

admission fee - the fee charged to enter the place

donation - money (or something) you give in order to help museum/gallery

wander around - to walk slowly across or around an area

tour guide - a person employed to show tourists arouthe the place

attendant - someone whose job is to be in a place and help visitors or customers

cloakroom - a room in a public building such as a restaurant, theatre, etc. where coats, bags, and other personal things can be left while their owners are in the building

gift shop - a shop that sells goods that are suitable for giving as presents

souvenir - something you buy or keep to help you remember a holiday or special event

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