Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum, Bucharest

Etymology

From Latin mūsēum (“library, study”), from Ancient Greek Μουσεῖον (Mouseîon), from Μοῦσᾰ (MoûsaMuse) +‎ -εῖον (-eîon), shrine of the Muses (Μοῦσα (Moûsa)).

Alternative forms

  • musæum (archaic)

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key)/mjuːˈzɪəm/
  • (US) IPA(key)/mjuˈzi.əm//mjuˈzæːm//mjuˈzɛ.əm/

Noun

museum (plural museums or musea)

  1. A building or institution dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, cultural, or artistic value.
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