from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A building, place, or institution devoted to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A building or institution dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, cultural or artistic value.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A repository or a collection of natural, scientific, or literary curiosities, or of works of art.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A building or part of a building appropriated as a repository of things that have an immediate relation to literature, art, or science; especially and usually, a collection of objects in natural history, or of antiquities or curiosities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
The term museum was coined because the structure was dedicated to the seven muses, but it was really a research institute, the first state-run research institute in the world.
The term "museum quality" was bandied about along with other dubious labels.
In New York City, the Rubin museum is showing a collection of work from emerging Tibetan artists.
In that slide show, for example, we learn that originally "the term 'museum' meant a spot dedicated to the muses."
They hide out in the restrooms when the museum is about to close, and spend the night inside, bathing in the fountain where they take some of the “wishing coins” to help buy food.
The proposed $5 million, 135 seat Planetarium (pictured above) to be connected to the museum is also on hold.
This museum is always great, and it stays open late Thursday nights for lofty discussions lubricated with local wines.
No one would argue that the museum is a sexy institution.
"I think the museum is a great idea, just not what I want behind my house," said Patricia Boglin, one of several from Ashdale Circle who spoke against the museum.
I think the museum is a fine idea, but I am not really sure why it belongs on public land.