Although museum professionals love to complain about all the attention and resources lavished upon athletics, museum and gallery attendance in fact far exceeds that at athletic events. National Public Radio recently featured a wonderful story about “The History of Museums, the Memory of Mankind”. This excellent podcast examines the purposes, problems, and pleasures of what Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Philippe de Montebello eloquently describes as “the memory of mankind.” In his delightful story, NPR journalist Bob Mondello examines the evolution of museums from the mouseion (home to the Muses) of classical Greece to today’s architectural showpieces such as Frank Gehry’s blockbuster Bilbao museum, then sketches their challenging future. As the Museum of Art & Archaeology wrestles with many of the challenges described in the story such as our educational role, our physical space, the impact of new information technologies, and the ethics of collecting, I hope you will share your own reflections on these matters with us. If museums like this one are really “the memory of mankind,” what happens if we lose our memory?