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


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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Her first initiative was to mount a seven-year restoration of the mansion and museum in 1984. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Moody Mansion a standing witness of Galveston’s history," 14 June 2019 Plus, take advantage of the many free student concerts, arts festivals, and museums Boston has to offer. Jon Gorey,, "Meet the extreme savers, on a mission to retire early," 14 June 2019 OnePULSE became an official nonprofit in late 2016 to begin efforts to build a memorial and museum dedicated to those who were killed. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Concerns, Controversy Surround the Planned Construction of a Memorial and Museum at Pulse Nightclub, Site of 2016 Mass Shooting," 13 June 2019 Prizes also include a variety of coupons to select restaurants and museums. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Summer reading programs available at city, county libraries," 13 June 2019 Please note that activities on the river boat will be shared with other guests on the cruise, and that most of our visits to archaeological sites and museums will take place during general public hours. National Geographic, "Egypt Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 The hall of fame and museum is just off the entrance to Great American Ball Park, built in 2003 to replace Riverfront Stadium, aka Cinergy Field, next door. Katherine Rodeghier,, "From scandals to milestones, an expanded museum and tours celebrate 150 years of baseball in Cincinnati," 12 June 2019 The organization, founded by Doris Freedman in 1977, collaborates with artists to bring to the public what is typically confined to galleries and museums. Ian Malone, Vogue, "The Public Art Fund Hosts a Fine Art Game Night," 12 Apr. 2019 It’s designed for businesses like museums or attractions that might have customers using the headset multiple times per day, and both the lens and head strap can be fully removed and cleaned. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Acer’s new Windows Mixed Reality headset has a detachable modular design," 29 Aug. 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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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


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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