[ myoo-zee-uh m ]
/ myuˈzi əm /


a building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed.

Origin of museum

1605–15; < Latin mūsēum place sacred to the Muses, building devoted to learning or the arts (referring especially to the scholarly institute founded in Alexandria about 280 b.c.) < Greek Mouseîon, equivalent to Moûs(a) Muse + -eion suffix of place
Related formsin·ter·mu·se·um, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (mjuːˈzɪəm) /


a place or building where objects of historical, artistic, or scientific interest are exhibited, preserved, or studied

Word Origin for museum

C17: via Latin from Greek Mouseion home of the Muses, from Mousa Muse
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