woman looking at painting in museum
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on March 22, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

Talking about museums is an excellent conversation topic for beginner English learners because it allows them to explore a wide range of subjects while practicing their language skills.

Museums cover various topics such as art, history, science and nature, which can spark engaging and educational discussions. By sharing their experiences and thoughts about museums, beginners can learn new vocabulary, practice sentence structures and gain confidence in their conversational abilities.

About Museums

Museums are places where people learn about many things. They have interesting things to see, like old pictures, statues and old objects.

Some museums teach about history with old tools and weapons. Other museums teach about science with things like old bones and stones. There are also museums that show art with paintings and statues by famous artists. Museums about animals, nature or machines are also very common. Museums are a fun way to learn about the world and find new things.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • old (adjective)
  • interesting (adjective)
  • visit (verb)
  • look at (phrasal verb)
  • real (adjective)
  • education (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever been to a museum?
  • What kind of museum do you like?
  • What is the most interesting thing you have you seen in a museum?
  • Why are museums important?
  • Is looking objects in a book or video different from seeing them in a museum? How?
  • Do you think it's important to visit museums? Why or why not?
  • Do you think museums should be free to the public?
  • If you could open a museum, what would it be about? Why?
  • How do you think museums can make history or art more interesting for visitors?
  • What museums are there near where you live?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.