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 Some Islamic prayers have been held in the museum in recent years. Fox News, "Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque," 11 July 2020 The museum, a nonprofit that educates visitors on aviation history, closed back in March. Astana Gaffney, Detroit Free Press, "Yankee Air Museum air show canceled; ticket holders get tickets to show for next two years," 7 July 2020 The museum, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has taken a variety of precautions to protect visitors from the coronavirus. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "It's 'all aboard' again for these scenic train rides after closing for coronavirus," 6 July 2020 The fighters’ skulls were taken to Paris as war trophies and held in a museum for decades until their repatriation to Algeria on Friday, amid a growing global reckoning with the legacy of colonialism. Washington Post, "Algeria buries fighters whose skulls were in Paris museum," 5 July 2020 But this is the ride’s last year, and the museum’s last summer. John Carlisle,, "Unusual Up North museum to close next month — and everything is for sale," 1 July 2020 Visitors must book time slots in advance and wear a face mask while in the museum. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Why You Won’t Be Able to Retrace Your Steps at This Paris Museum When It Opens," 16 June 2020 However, Harris says the current focus is on the museum reopening its doors. cleveland, "Rock Hall to reopen Monday with new artifacts from Billy Idol, Lynyrd Skynyrd," 11 June 2020 He has now been dredged out of the river, and the council is planning to put him in a museum. The Economist, "Reckoning with the past How to handle racists’ statues," 11 June 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Museum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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