The main visitors to museums and historical sites are tourists, not local people.
Why is it the case? What can be done to attract local people to these places?
Across the world, there are countless places with their own museums and historical sites. However, rather than garnering the interest of local residents, more often than not it is foreign tourists that are attracted to these sites. This situation seems to stem from the fact that people tend to be drawn towards unfamiliar sites, and whilst perhaps not a fault in and of itself, there could definitely be benefits for local residents to visit these sites as well. This essay will explain the cause of this phenomenon in further detail, and dictate potential methods that could boost visits from local residents.
To begin with, it has always been true that humans are drawn towards unfamiliar sites and situations, due to our innate curiosity. Since the dawn of humankind, people have explored the world, resulting in our global migration and establishment. Although this is no longer the case, our curiosity still remain, and hence still piqued by what is new and different. Given that, when it comes to local museums and historical sites, there would not be much interest when they feel familiar to the local residents, who would regard the sites as just a waste of time. After all, if one’s main goal is that of discovery and learning, then there is no point examining what is already known. In contrast, museums and historical sites far away tend to harbor stories from different cultures, lives and beliefs. This means that there is more to gain from visiting these locations as a foreign tourist, with so much more that can be learnt of. Therefore, it would simply be due to our attraction towards the unknown that people would tend towards unfamiliar sites, rather than local ones.
The truth though, is that local museums and historical sites can harbor many secrets that even the local residents would not know of, despite the fact that they may think otherwise. This would mean that to attract more local residents towards these spots, it would be a simple matter of igniting the residents’ curiosity. The best way to do so, is to have professionals that could go through the museums and historical sites, uncovering and highlighting the main attractions, before providing the local residents with a glimpse via advertisements. This should induce the residents to visit the local sites, once they start to realize that they may be missing out by not visiting their local sites. Given that the sites would then be professionally analysed and prepared too, it is also more likely that those who then ceded and visited the sites would detail their visits to their peers, hence then piquing their peers’ interest as well. Eventually this would draw in more and more local residents.
In conclusion, the lack of visits by local residents to local museums and historical sites are mainly due to a lack of curiosity towards said sites by the residents. Therefore, the best way to engage the local residents, would be to ignite their curiosity towards the local sites, which would draw them in. Whilst many argue that it is not of absolute necessity to draw in interest from local residents, there are many advantages to it – such as better educating the local residents, connecting them closer to their own culture and traditions, and of course, increasing the popularity of these local sites.
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(Time: 25 minutes)