IELTS® Listening Practice 24

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(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors at an aquarium. First you have some time to look at questions 12 to 22 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 12 to 22.)


Good morning everyone. It’s great to see so many of you here today.  Welcome to the Thurston Aquarium.

Before we start our tour this morning, I’d just like to tell you a little bit about the history of the aquarium. As you have no doubt noticed, this is a fairly new building. The old aquarium building was structurally unsafe and had to be demolished in 2005. This new modern building was specially designed for the new expanded aquarium, and it was opened by the Mayor of Thurston in 2007. It’s been designed with a nautical theme throughout to remind us of Thurston’s history as a fishing town. But the aquarium isn’t only housed in this building. In fact, there is a section of the harbour that also belongs to us and there you will find a number of viewing points where you can use the paid binocular stands to spot seals. You are free to walk around the harbour too, and I’ll show you how to access it at the end of the tour. 

Just a bit of housekeeping before we set off on the tour. Disabled toilets are located on the ground floor and the door shows a wheelchair. There’s a cloakroom where you can leave your coat and bags just on the right over there. The Dolphin Centre is on the top floor and there’s a great little cafe in there where you can buy coffee and cake and so on. Just follow the red footprints on the floor and they will lead you to the Dolphin Centre. The information desk, marked with the small letter i on your maps is located right here in the foyer, so if you get separated from your friends, the best thing to do is to make your way back to the information desk because we’ll be returning to this spot at the end of the tour. Any questions? No?

OK, let’s move on then. Now, if you look out of this window you should be able to see the poolside where the penguin parade takes place. If you want to watch the penguin parade, you should gather outside the pool 5 minutes before the show starts. The shows last 20 minutes and run on the hour every hour. However, do be aware that the show isn’t recommended for children under 5, as it does get very noisy and smaller children get upset by this.

Let’s take a walk around the museum now. The first room on the right here is the cinema. This is where we screen documentaries on the creatures we have here at the aquarium, and there are sometimes lectures held here in the evenings. There’s a documentary video showing today about stingrays, so come back here later on if you want to learn more about stingrays. They are really fascinating creatures.

Now, this area we are walking into is known as the Underwater Gallery. This is one of our permanent exhibitions and here we try to give you an idea of the huge variety of sea creatures native to this area. At the end of this walkway we’ll come to the SeaWorld Centre where we’ve got a brand new collection of underwater photographs by local artists on display. They’re proving very popular with visitors so do stop by and take a look. They sell some very nice postcards of the photographs. Well worth a good look.

Now we’re coming to the Members’ Lounge. If you join the aquarium as a member, you are entitled to use the members’ lounge for refreshments. Membership costs $70 a year or $120 for a family with up to three children. It’s quite good value because entry into the Penguin Parade is then free.

Now, I’m going to leave you to explore the aquarium on your own for a while and we’ll all meet back again at the information desk in three quarters of an hour’s time. I hope you enjoy your time with us at the museum today. Thank you.

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