museum

noun
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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Synonyms for museum

Synonyms

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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Used as a town elementary school from 1862 to 1952, the building has been renovated and expanded by the Historical Society as a local history museum containing school and town memorabilia. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 10 July 2018 The house where the Franks hid was turned into a museum that is one of Amsterdam's most popular tourist attractions. NBC News, "Anne Frank's family tried to escape to U.S. but hit immigration roadblocks," 6 July 2018 Claire included both a restaurant and a maritime museum. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Ste. Claire's future uncertain after devastating Boblo boat fire," 6 July 2018 The whole experience feels like entering a museum of the future, with great curving walls (continuing the desert rose theme established by the exterior) alive with dynamic video installation. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Spends a Week in Qatar and Is Dazzled by Doha," 2 Apr. 2019 Most Read Business Stories The Sacklers are major donors to cultural institutions, and the family name is emblazoned on the walls at many of the world’s great museums and universities. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma," 27 Mar. 2019 Thirty-one years ago, physicist Larry Shaw decided to celebrate 3/14 at a San Francisco science museum. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The math of pi explained, as simply as possible," 13 Mar. 2019 Her neighbors describe her cellar as a private museum on American slavery and the black experience. Agaton Strom For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, "A Bedford-Stuyvesant Brownstone Houses the History of the Black Experience in America," 3 Mar. 2019 Walking through his hair closet is not unlike walking through a museum of celebrity hair, with each piece telling its own story. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hairstylist Chris Appleton Shows Us His Insane Collection of Celebrity Wigs," 28 Feb. 2019

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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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museum

noun

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

museum

noun
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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