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


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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The Clark’s first video installation features six animations, including one inspired by birch trees on the museum’s campus., "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 The letter, which includes a leather clamshell case, is likely to be sold to a museum or private collector who will know how to properly preserve it, Livingston said. Mark Pratt, Fox News, "Martin Luther letter critical of Jews is up for auction," 10 July 2018 Walked around the museum, came back and stared some more. Anne Dunlap,, "How I became a fan of contemporary art," 10 July 2018 After realizing not much was known about one of the world's most elegant socialites in her own hometown, Rogers got busy contacting museums and collectors to bring 50 of Bismarck's most admired ensembles to her home state. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Must-see' museum exhibit is in Louisville — and it features 'royalty'," 9 July 2018 The museum did not comment on the case, citing its respect for privacy in personnel matters. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Helen Rodriguez Trias, Patricia Okoumou, New Voices: Broadsheet July 9th," 9 July 2018 The museum is in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park located in South Walton, Florida. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Take a deep dive into this Underwater Art Museum that opened this summer," 13 July 2018 The program is partially funded by Naperville’s Special Events Cultural Amenities Fund, and the museum is looking for funding to expand it throughout the year. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 13 July 2018 Admission to the museum is free, with donations welcome. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 11 July 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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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 \

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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