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Museums, libraries and art galleries

accession

noun

something that is added to a collection, especially a work of art

annals

noun

the official records of an organization, arranged according to their date

archive

noun

a collection of historical documents and records about a place, organization, etc.

archive

noun

a place where you store historical documents and records

archive

verb

to collect and store historical documents and records

archivist

noun

someone whose job is to collect and store historical documents and records

art gallery

noun

a building where people go to see paintings and other art

audience

noun

the people who see the work of a particular artist or read the work of a particular writer

bookmobile

noun

a vehicle with a small library inside it, that travels around so that people can use it in different places

card catalog

noun

a box of cards, each of which has different information on it, usually arranged in alphabetical order in a library

carrel

noun

a small enclosed area in a library, usually containing a desk and a chair for one person to study at

catalog

noun

a list of all the things in a library, museum, exhibit, or sale

catalogue

the British spelling of catalog

collection

noun

works of art that are kept together, for example in a museum

conservator

noun

someone whose job is to take care of works of art in a museum or art gallery

curate

verb

to be the curator of an exhibit in a museum

curator

noun

someone whose job is to take care of the objects in a museum

custodian

noun

someone who is responsible for something valuable such as money, property, or a collection of works of art

exhibit

verb

to put something interesting in a museum or other public place so that people can go look at it

exhibit

noun

an object that is part of an exhibition

gallery

noun

a public building where you can look at paintings and other works of art

gallery

noun

a room in a museum or gallery containing paintings or other works of art

gallery

noun

a private building where you can look at and buy paintings and other types of art

Hall of Fame

noun

a place where people go to learn about a particular sport or activity and the famous people who do it

holdings

noun

the collections owned by an institution such as a library or museum

keeper

noun

someone who is an expert in and responsible for a particular group of objects in a museum

lending library

noun

a library that has books for people to borrow

librarian

noun

someone who works in a library or who is in charge of a library

library

noun

a place where books, documents, CDs, etc. are available for you to look at or borrow

the Library of Congress

the national library of the U.S., in Washington, D.C., which is one of the largest libraries in the world

Madame Tussaud’s

a museum in London containing models of famous people made from wax

microfiche

noun

a sheet of film with very small photographs of documents on it, used for storing information in a library where it can be read using a special machine called a microreader

museum

noun

a building where many valuable and important objects are kept so that people can go and see them

museum piece

noun

an interesting or important object that is appropriate for a museum

overdue

adjective

a library book that is overdue has not been returned to the library by the correct date

pop-up

noun

a restaurant, store, gallery, etc. that opens for a short time, sometimes in a surprising location

present

verb

to produce or organize something such as a play, movie, or exhibit

public library

noun

a building with books in it that are available for anyone to read or borrow

reference library

noun

a place containing a lot of reference books that you can read there but cannot take away

repository

noun

a person, book, library, etc. considered as a store of information and knowledge

show

verb

to put something such as a work of art, an animal, or a plant in an exhibit or competition

the stacks

noun

the place in a library where books are stored and, where ordinary readers cannot go

viewer

noun

someone who looks at a picture, photograph, or piece of art

archival

adjective

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