Definition of musée imaginaire in English:

musée imaginaire

Pronunciation /mjuːˌzeɪ ɪma(d)ʒɪˈnɛː/


  • An imaginary collection of all the artefacts of human culture; the complete repertory of artistic styles, ideas, etc., of a particular culture or art form.


1950s; earliest use found in The Twentieth Century. From French musée imaginaire, literally ‘imaginary museum’ from musée + imaginaire; coined by André Malraux, French novelist, essayist, art critic, and politician, in the title of his work Le musée imaginaire.