A museum is a place where collections of artifacts, works of art, scientific specimens, and other objects of cultural, historical, or educational significance are stored, displayed, and interpreted for the public. M. serve as a cultural institution that plays an important role in preserving and sharing knowledge, history, and heritage with the public.

Museums come in a wide variety of sizes, types, and focuses, from large, general-interest institutions that house collections spanning multiple disciplines, to small, specialized m. that focus on a specific topic, culture, or collection. Some common types of m. include art, natural history museums, science m., history m., and cultural m.