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 But lately, people are seeing this museum in a whole new light. CBS News, 18 Sep. 2022 This small museum showcases the stunning natural setting of the region and the human stories surrounding life there. Sylvie Bigar, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 The historical archives at this Simi Valley museum take a backseat to the Air Force One housed inside three-story windows. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 Indiana artist Gerry Masse created this outdoor museum on his family’s land, initially to display his own large pieces and those of his friends in a natural setting. Jeanine Barone, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 After 14 years of being under construction, the museum opened its doors on Tuesday with a gala ceremony to honor the late Jackie Robinson, the Associated Press reported. Ashlee Banks, Essence, 28 July 2022 Wow, this museum nestled on a mountain in Italy is absolutely breathtaking. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 18 July 2022 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum opened in Cleveland in 1995. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 13 July 2022 When the Illuminarium immersive museum opened off the Beltline a year ago, the company behind it was already working on a show focused on outer space. Rodney Ho, ajc, 27 June 2022 See More

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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Museum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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