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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Rather, haute couture is considered the highest form of fashion, and the designs are highly complicated creations that often seem better suited for a sci-fi movie or art museum. Kristin Larson,, "Paris haute couture: A lesson in looking at fashion with wonder — and not taking it too seriously," 13 July 2018 That site is soon to be the location for a $75 million African-American history museum. Time, "'It Was Wrong.' Charleston Apologizes for Slavery in City Council Resolution," 20 June 2018 Carol Bosco Baumann, a spokeswoman for the museum, said via e-mail. Malcolm Gay,, "Museum group sanctions Berkshire Museum," 25 May 2018 The plan calls for the museum’s gallery space to grow by 29% to 25,700 square feet. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The Frick Collection Looks to Expand," 17 May 2018 The lawsuit filed Thursday raises enormous questions for the museum, home of the famed Spruce Goose. Jeff Manning,, "Uncertainty roils famed Evergreen air museum as landlord accused of securities fraud," 11 May 2018 Near the end of the film Sigg discusses his plans to open a museum of contemporary Chinese art in Hong Kong in 2019. Peter Keough,, "Doc Talk: A sad clown and a happy collector," 12 July 2018 As part of the 20th anniversary, the Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing has announced plans to open a museum in Jasper and digitize an anti-hate oral history project. New York Times, "In Texas, a Decades-Old Hate Crime, Forgiven but Never Forgotten," 9 July 2018 His beauty salon/museum also includes a wall of records and WERD, which is an online revamping of the nation’s first black radio station. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Bitter sting as Atlanta officials sour on Sweet Auburn," 2 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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Phrases Related to museum

historical museum

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The first known use of museum was circa 1660

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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


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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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