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

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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museum (mjuːˈzɪəm)
a place or building where objects of historical, artistic, or scientific interest are exhibited, preserved, or studied
[C17: via Latin from Greek Mouseion home of the Muses, from MousaMuse]

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1615, "the university building in Alexandria," from L. museum "library, study," from Gk. mouseion "place of study, library or museum," originally "a seat or shrine of the Muses," from Mousa "Muse." Earliest use in ref. to Eng. institutions was of libraries (e.g. the British Museum); sense of "building
to display objects" first recorded 1683.
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