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museum

[myoo-zee-uh m] /myuˈzi əm/
noun
1.
a building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed.
Origin of museum
1605-1615
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
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British Dictionary definitions for intermuseum

museum

/mjuːˈzɪəm/
noun
1.
a place or building where objects of historical, artistic, or scientific interest are exhibited, preserved, or studied
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek Mouseion home of the Muses, from MousaMuse
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Word Origin and History for intermuseum

museum

n.

1610s, "the university building in Alexandria," from Latin museum "library, study," from Greek mouseion "place of study, library or museum, school of art or poetry," originally "a seat or shrine of the Muses," from Mousa "Muse" (see muse (n.)). Earliest use in reference to English institutions was of libraries (e.g. the British Museum); sense of "building to display objects" first recorded 1680s.

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