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 These glorious sequences also keep faith with Breuer’s recommendations for the display of art in his new museum. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Masterpieces Unmediated," 27 Apr. 2021 When Norton Simon took over the PAM space for his private museum, Hopps informed Corcoran to hurry over before all the old PAM catalogs were trashed. Michael Slenske, WSJ, "Dagny Corcoran, Fixture of the L.A. Art Scene, Expands to Paris," 26 Apr. 2021 That flick of a pen completely affected not only our museum but that actual nation. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "The Co-Creators of Rutherford Falls On Sitting in the Mess of American History," 22 Apr. 2021 The entire Huntington institution, including its museum, library and gardens, has an annual operating budget of more than $50 million, with a hefty endowment of more than $550 million. New York Times, "The Huntington Gets Hip," 20 Apr. 2021 In what city were the remains of 22 ancient rulers recently transferred from their old museum to a new one? CNN, "CNN 10 - April 9, 2021," 9 Apr. 2021 When the mummies finally arrived at their new museum, they were greeted with a 21-gun salute. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Egypt Transported 22 Mummies in Elaborate Parade to Celebrate New Museum in Cairo," 5 Apr. 2021 In the episode, the three friends Xavier, Yadina and Brad go to their secret museum and back in time to meet Grandin as a child to better understand her condition and how to make a connection with Ben., "PBS Kids celebrates Autism Awareness Month with new friends," 4 Apr. 2021 Her museum, like every other Dallas company, weathered a fiscal downturn triggered by the coronavirus. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Art and the City: Streaming, outdoor venues and teamwork allowed Dallas arts groups to draft a Silver Linings Playbook," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Museum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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