museum

noun
mu·​se·​um | \ myu̇-ˈzē-əm \

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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Synonyms for museum

Synonyms

gallery, salon

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Examples of museum in a Sentence

a museum of natural history a trip to the Museum of Natural History

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Travel tip: While the museum might be popular, don’t worry about finding a spot for your car. Juliet Izon, Country Living, "7 Patriotic Sights to Take In on the Ultimate Philadelphia Road Trip," 15 Nov. 2018 The museum is also home to the Prohibition-era Coast Guard Cutter McClane, which was commissioned in 1927 to hunt rumrunners and bootleggers. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall ship Friends Good Will, lighthouses highlight visit to southwest Michigan," 22 June 2018 Admission to the museum is, of course, included with your stay. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Spend A Night At The 'Christmas Story' House To Get Into The Holiday Spirit," 14 Dec. 2018 For some replacement parts, Mallini said, NASA had to go to museums. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Three high-flying birds soar together for the first time since the 1970s," 11 Nov. 2018 In addition to the museum and its exhibitions, the center hosts digs for any age and interest-level. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Dinosaurs in real-life: Where to find them around the US," 26 June 2018 Shedding their elitist history, successful museums are not temples for the elite. WSJ, "What Place Has Politics in a House of Art?," 27 Dec. 2018 Plans in the early 2000s to develop it into a luxury hotel stalled, and a local campaign to turn the historic site into a public museum never took off. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "You Can Buy This Stunning Tuscan Castle In Italy," 22 Dec. 2018 In fact, there’s museums in Belgium and London that have tanks that have not been restored. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018

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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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museum

noun

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

museum

noun
mu·​se·​um | \ myu̇-ˈzē-əm \

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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