By WILLIAM R. VALENTINER
The title of this article, "The Museum of Tomorrow," which has been suggested by the editor, may create an impression that radical changes will be necessary in the organization of museums after the war. Such changes are neither likely, nor are they to be wished for. Museums are the most peaceful and enduring institutions on earth. They would lose their right of existence if a few passing years of war were Able to change their, fundamental character. The museums which have done, their duty best during these past years, have been those which were able to radiate constantly the peaceful and highly ethical atmosphere with which the great works of art of the past and of the present are endowed, and which should serve as an antidote to the feelings of hate and horror created by the war. The development of museums, therefore, cannot be revolutionary, it must be evolutionary. In this country in the short time of their existence they have established a tradition which must be understood if one wants to make proposals for their improvement. The following notes make a few suggestions as to how this tradition can be fitted into the ideas of our time and how new museums, should they be founded, can profit from the experiences of the older ones which had their beginning a generation or two ago.
The museum should be built in modern style. Its architecture should be a good example of original, not of imitative style, as the