Definition of museum piece in English:

museum piece


  • 1An object that is worthy of display in a museum.

    ‘a stunning museum piece from the 18th century’
    • ‘Heritage listing, however, does not imply that a place would be closed up and treated as a museum piece.’
    • ‘Although they are widely collected, stuffed animals rarely become museum pieces because they do not belong to a category that is readily identifiable as art.’
    • ‘The princess is patron of the Victorian ironclad warship, which has been a museum piece in Portsmouth Harbour for more than 15 years, and joined local schoolchildren and renovators for the last act of laying new planks.’
    • ‘Located in such a remote place among mountains and rivers, the town is so well preserved that any stone is a museum piece.’
    • ‘A British Airways Concorde was due to land Wednesday at Boeing Field in Seattle, where it will become a museum piece.’
    • ‘The cruiser, today a museum piece on the Thames near Tower Bridge - and a significant reminder of the presence of the Royal Navy in the capital - served the Fleet from 1939 until the early 1970s.’
    • ‘Their early creation is now a museum piece - literally - reflecting the software principles and programming culture of its era.’
    • ‘The question is simply this: should great passenger ships, when they come to the end of their working life, be saved and turned into a museum piece or consigned to the breaker's yard to be fondly remembered as they were in their heydays?’
    • ‘Today, the station is being maintained by London Underground mainly as a museum piece, film set and the ticket hall is frequently rented out for art exhibitions, book launches and other private parties.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, cost-cutting measures could see the Athens observatory closed and the telescope taken out of use and preserved merely as a museum piece within the next two years.’
    • ‘Going into space is so rare that when something goes into space, it pretty much becomes a museum piece.’
    • ‘The site could be redeveloped into an educational museum piece.’
    • ‘There, performative aspects of local practice such as songs, dances, and rituals have come to be institutionalised as new categories of objects alongside more conventional museum pieces.’
    • ‘A two-year-old passenger jet that never went into service landed at Manchester to become a museum piece.’
    • ‘As a result, many of the armour, weapons and clothing are exquisitely detailed and backed up by solid provenance - the evidential proof of a historic manuscript or, even better, a museum piece.’
    • ‘If the campaign is successful, the aim is to turn the ship into a working museum piece, an example of paddle steamers and a reminder of the heroism of the men of Dunkirk.’
    • ‘The notable museum piece, the Endrick pike head, was found in 1334 near the River Endrick, a tributary of Loch Lomond, and its owner is estimated to have been well in excess of 70 lb.’
    antique, period piece, museum piece
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    1. 1.1A person or thing regarded as old-fashioned, irrelevant, or no longer useful.
      ‘we're nothing but museum pieces—machines can do everything that we can do’
      • ‘But 21st century Buddhism will be left behind as a museum piece if we do not harness ourselves to the new technologies and the Internet.’
      • ‘They have machine guns and repeating rifles, not the bolt-action museum pieces I've seen your islanders lugging about.’
      • ‘That is why art has become a museum piece in France, rather than a source of political commitment and a force of social protest.’
      • ‘But York is not a museum piece, and nor would we wish it to be.’
      • ‘Most of the beautiful traditional songs might be museum pieces now, but the impulse to stamp your own identity on play is still there.’
      • ‘While the future of the plastic bag hangs in the balance, she expressed the hope that in years to come the plastic bag will become a museum piece viewed as a 20th century curiosity by our great, great grandchildren.’
      • ‘It is a world heritage site, but not a museum piece.’
      • ‘The reason I bring this up is the other day in a bar I saw an Atari which was like a museum piece in a way, and it struck me - my God, this is nostalgia for our generation who grew up on Ataris and BMX bikes and that kind of stuff!’
      • ‘These works also demonstrate the potential for the tutu to live on as wearable couture rather than a museum piece.’
      • ‘From set, lighting, and sound design to the acting of even subsidiary roles, this production set an enviably high standard that made what could have been merely a museum piece into a vibrant bit of comic irony and social satire.’
      • ‘The place was a relic, a museum piece, preserved like a man who stops shopping for clothes the day he retires and spends the next thirty years living in limbo and the same pair of nylon trousers.’
      • ‘The process of development over the years has made the last Beetle a motorcar you could still live with today, while the original 1200 cc job would be a veritable museum piece on today's roads.’
      conservative, traditionalist, conventionalist, diehard, conformist, bourgeois, museum piece, fossil, dinosaur, troglodyte
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