Definition of museum in English:



  • A building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.

    as name ‘the Museum of Modern Art’
    ‘the museum is noted for its fine fossil collection’
    as modifier ‘a museum curator’
    figurative ‘it is difficult to avoid the feeling that the city is now a living museum’
    • ‘The trail included all the exhibitions in the museum as well as the art gallery.’
    • ‘That figure makes the lost art worth more than all the paintings now in American galleries and museums.’
    • ‘Often the museums are set in buildings that have as much interest as the things they contain.’
    • ‘The reason people come to museums, essentially, is to see the exhibits up close.’
    • ‘We know that more people go to museums and art galleries than go sporting events.’
    • ‘The new museum adds to a number of other museums that have been set up in Kerala on the history of the Church.’
    • ‘Yet public interest in visiting such museums and historical sites is not always so keen.’
    • ‘There are a number of museums and places of historic interest where old cipher machines are exhibited.’
    • ‘The vast majority went to historic buildings and other conservation schemes and to museums.’
    • ‘The result of their talent and hard work went on display at the museum in an exhibition that is due to end today.’
    • ‘Than you can go to Shanghai museum, one of the best museums of ancient China in the world.’
    • ‘The software will be of interest to schools and museums, as well as town planners.’
    • ‘The building was meant to house a museum for the ancient university in its basement.’
    • ‘However, some of Venice's best art isn't in its museums and galleries, but in the Scuole.’
    • ‘When she took up her post in 1998, the city's museums and galleries were in poor shape.’
    • ‘At present, it is split into a museum on the ground floor and an art gallery upstairs.’
    • ‘For those in search of culture, Milan has numerous museums with rich and varied collections.’
    • ‘There are now plans to use the disused ringing chamber as a small museum of church archives.’
    • ‘Worst hit will be the big museums and galleries that have not benefited from the recent large rises in funding.’
    • ‘The records of our heritage are preserved in the museums and archives of the country.’
    record office, registry, repository, chancery
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Early 17th century (denoting a university building, specifically one erected at Alexandria by Ptolemy Soter): via Latin from Greek mouseion ‘seat of the Muses’, based on mousa ‘muse’.