Museums are the glory of a nation. A trip to Europe, for example, would hardly seem worth the effort to many people were it not for the great museums to visit. (And no doubt many a vacation was turned into a grueling ordeal because there were too many museums and cathedrals on the itinerary!) With a view to helping our readers organize their museum-going, our BAR 15:05 and 15:06 issues listed North American institutions with important holdings in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East, Egypt and the Mediterranean world. We now turn our sights to more distant shores and begin with descriptions of museums in and around the Mediterranean area and in Jordan with collections of interest to our readers. Museums elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East will be included in future issues.