mu·​se·​um myu̇-ˈzē-əm How to pronounce museum (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

a museum of natural history a trip to the Museum of Natural History
Recent Examples on the Web Their end result is a veritable museum of melody, as many of the game’s most renown crooners take turns going in over the album’s lengthy 25-track playlist. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 20 Jan. 2023 Storytelling, service activities and music performed by Keisha Ballinger and the University United Methodist Church Praise Team are part of the museum's celebration. The Indianapolis Star, 13 Jan. 2023 The American Museum of Natural History in New York City features a tree decorated top to bottom with origami insects, to celebrate the opening of the museum's new insectarium early next year. CBS News, 22 Dec. 2022 In addition to Yiribana, the work of Indigenous artists will be shown across the museum's campus, Pinchbeck says. Daniel Browning, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Dec. 2022 Over the past three years, Season for Sharing has given $20,000 to the museum's educational programs, including in-person school tours and digital resources during the pandemic. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 11 Dec. 2022 Guests moved from each room of the exhibit in awe of the way the exhibit married the museum's interactive and immersive installations with Mugler's boundary pushing ready-to-wear and couture collections. Beatrice Dupuy, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 The theatrical feel is enhanced by the red film covering the museum's windows and skylights, and the plush red carpet laid through the main gallery. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 28 Oct. 2022 Later in the episode, Wendy Wick Reaves, the museum's curator emerita of prints and drawings, defends caricature as portraiture. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin Museum place for learned occupation, from Greek Mouseion, from neuter of Mouseios of the Muses, from Mousa

First Known Use

circa 1660, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of museum was circa 1660

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“Museum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


mu·​se·​um myu̇-ˈzē-əm How to pronounce museum (audio)
: a building in which interesting and valuable things (as works of art or historical or scientific objects) are collected and shown to the public

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