A museum is a building where interesting or valuable objects, such as works of art and historical artifacts, are kept, studied and displayed.
They are usually open to the general public for a fee. Some museums have free entrance, either permanently or on special days, e.g. once per week or year.
The word comes from the Latin museum, which is in turn derived from the Greek mouseion, which refers to a place or temple dedicated to the Muses, the patron divinities in Greek mythology of the arts.
See also: Science museum, List of museums, Art museum
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