mu·​se·​um | \ myu̇-ˈzē-əm How to pronounce museum (audio) \

Definition of museum

: an institution devoted to the procurement, care, study, and display of objects of lasting interest or value American Museum of Natural History also : a place where objects are exhibited an art museum

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Examples of museum in a Sentence

a museum of natural history a trip to the Museum of Natural History
Recent Examples on the Web Hang him in a museum—the barman was a potbellied portrait of hear no evil. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Officers will collaborate with museum leadership, including art historian and curator Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, as guest curators. Olivia Green,, 16 July 2021 The collection eventually will be housed in a museum. Fox News, 12 July 2021 The most valuable item in the museum is a wind-up Popeye toy, worth about $14,000., 6 July 2021 The painting has since been returned to its central place in the museum’s Thornton Portrait Gallery. Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 And just like Princess Diana’s iconic wedding gown currently on display in a museum, this event provides yet another opportunity to revisit the Diana Era of the royal family and for fans and friends to pay their respects to her memory. Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 30 June 2021 Whatton performs his identification duties in the museum, not far from where visitors gaze at the Hope Diamond and size up the T. rex. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 The stele was later found during a search of the collector's home in the Belgian province of Antwerp, and investigators confirmed that the missing fragment matched the one in the museum. CNN, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of museum

circa 1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for museum

Latin Museum place for learned occupation, from Greek Mouseion, from neuter of Mouseios of the Muses, from Mousa

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The first known use of museum was circa 1660

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23 Jul 2021

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“Museum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of museum

: a building in which interesting and valuable things (such as paintings and sculptures or scientific or historical objects) are collected and shown to the public


mu·​se·​um | \ myu̇-ˈzē-əm How to pronounce museum (audio) \

Kids Definition of museum

: a building in which objects of interest or value are displayed an art museum a museum of science

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