Why is it important for students to go to culture museums?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You have tagged this with “culture and diversity,” and many of your recent questions have been about issues of multiculturalism and diversity.  Therefore, I assume that “culture museums” is supposed to refer to museums about a given culture, not to art museums and other places where you can be exposed to “high culture.”

There are two main reasons why it might be beneficial to students to go to cultural museums.  The first of these reasons has to do with personal enrichment.  People benefit from learning about other cultures simply because it broadens their horizons.  It allows them to see the world through other people’s eyes instead of being stuck with the limits that their own culture puts on their imaginations.  Going to museums can help students understand other cultures.

Understanding other cultures is also important for more tangible reasons.  Our country is becoming more and more multicultural.  Therefore, people who are able to interact well with people from other cultures will have an advantage in the years to come.  They will be better able to work with and interact with people from other cultures.  This will make them more employable and help them to get along better with others.

Thus, going to learn about other cultures can help students in both tangible and intangible ways. 

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