museum piece


Definition of museum piece 

1 : something preserved in or suitable for a museum

2 : one that is out-of-date : a thing of the past

Examples of museum piece in a Sentence

That old computer will soon be a museum piece. that old wooden ironing board she uses is a museum piece

Recent Examples on the Web

Is Barbie a museum piece without contemporary relevance? Peter Keough,, "An immigrant story, atrocity tourism, the future of Barbie," 28 June 2018 His apartment has become a staging area for the museum pieces, including a 1901 Koken barber chair and antique poles of various sizes and styles. New York Times, "'Barbering Is an Art’," 4 May 2018 The panels, measuring 4-by-8 feet and bigger, get turned into all kinds of products, including skylights, hockey rinks, shower doors, greenhouses, store signs, patio tables, boxes to protect museum pieces and bullet-resistant bank teller windows. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Plastic sheet distributor’s products take center stage," 29 Mar. 2018 Some seemed to think the museum piece was the typist, not the typewriter. James Barron, New York Times, "Typing a Novel About Vassar, Word for Word, as Art," 29 Apr. 2018 Many women displayed their Leiber bags like museum pieces. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Judith Leiber Escaped Holocaust and Made Sparkly Handbags for the Rich and Famous," 4 May 2018 Sadly, two fatal crashes and very high mission costs would ultimately ground the spacecraft, leaving the three remaining shuttles as museum pieces on display in Chantilly, Va., Cape Canaveral, Fl, and Los Angeles, Ca. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "The First Shuttle Launch," 12 Apr. 2018 All the noodles were served in beautiful large, heavy handmade bowls, which to my untrained eye seemed like priceless museum pieces. David Tanis, New York Times, "Bouncy Noodles, Bright Greens, Quick Broth: A Perfect Bowl," 16 Mar. 2018 With upgrades like custom stainless steel gas tanks, handlebars, and subframes, as well as handmade leather seats and handgrips, Eccles creates one-of-a-kind motorcycles that look like museum pieces but are meant to be ridden. Scott Christian, Esquire, "5 Stores That Specialize in One-of-a-Kind Objects for Men," 14 Sep. 2015

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First Known Use of museum piece

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of museum piece

: a valuable object that is in a museum or that is suitable for a museum

: something or someone that is very old or old-fashioned

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