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 Surprisingly, the timeliest as well as the rudest painting show of this winter, opening at the New Museum, happens to be the first New York museum survey ever of the American aesthetic rapscallion Peter Saul. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The In-Your-Face Paintings of Peter Saul," 10 Feb. 2020 The museum, at 455 Oak St., will hold a reception for Grashow on April 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit Kim Tan,, "Eating out on Valentine’s is nice, but so is doing this," 9 Feb. 2020 Still, his profile as a dealer grew with major collectors and important museums, who often bought his inventory. Graham Bowley, New York Times, "The Mystery of the Painting in Gallery 634," 8 Feb. 2020 The children’s area rivals Austin’s great children’s museum, the Thinkery, for fun. Dallas News, "Stay hip to booming Austin, where there’s always something new," 7 Feb. 2020 The courses also make maximum use of Yale’s 20 on-campus museums, whose collections are deep and broad. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Yale Teaches World Art," 6 Feb. 2020 Through its collaboration with the museum, the book works to pull these women from the pages and into real life. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Book Draws Inspiration From Life Stories of African American Women," 3 Feb. 2020 Places with fewer opportunities for social interaction (parks, museums, stadiums and the like) tend to have more suicides, too. The Economist, "Daily chart America’s suicide rate has increased for 13 years in a row," 30 Jan. 2020 More trips were made to museums, live music or theater events and national parks, according to Gallup. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "More Americans went to the library than the movies in 2019," 28 Jan. 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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13 Feb 2020

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“Museum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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


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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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