[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Discourage tourism=gallery

Steve Doerr doerr.stephen at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 08:24:52 UTC 2016

On 01/02/2016 22:15, Dave F wrote:
> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/museum#Noun

See also this definition and note in the OED under 'museum':

'2. a. A building or institution in which objects of historical, 
scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are preserved and exhibited. 
Also: the collection of objects held by such an institution.

'Although a museum may include a library or art gallery, the word is not 
(in British use) normally applied to an institution in which either of 
these is the sole or most prominent feature. However, in continental 
Europe the corresponding word is often used to denote an art collection, 
and when so used is usually rendered museum in English (cf. musée n. 
<http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/124065#eid35546550>). Similarly, in the 
United States, museum is sometimes used for art museum'.

It seems to me that the wiki was attempting to preserve the British 
English distinction between a museum and a gallery, and the latest 
changes have moved it in the direction of American and European usage.


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