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 After the memorial, Bejani’s acrylic-on-canvas artwork will be installed in the museum as a permanent memorial. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 15 June 2022 The work was created as part of a two-year collaboration with the Akron Art Museum in response to pieces in the museum’s permanent collection. Megan Becka, cleveland, 8 June 2022 However, Santos said in 2015 that items found at the scene of the wreck would eventually go in a museum to be built in Cartagena. Abigail Adams,, 8 June 2022 And while that sounds like a fantastical premise, it's based on a true story, and the raft is still on display in a museum in Oslo. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 1 June 2022 Artist Salvador Dalí designed and conceived everything in this museum in the Catalonian city of his birth. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 The Circular Lab arena made from liquid containers defined a lecture area in the museum’s courtyard. Damon Johnstun, oregonlive, 26 May 2022 Highlighting the African diaspora was important for the museum in many ways, including being the first show greenlighted by Director Kaywin Feldman, who took on her role in 2019. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 Plans for the museum were first publicly announced by the former Mayor of Charleston, Joseph P. Riley, Jr., in 2000. Devon M. Sayers, CNN, 1 June 2022 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Museum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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