Museums are full of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts supported by devices ensuring that each item is perfectly stable. But what is it about those specific items in a museum that makes them worthy of being held in perpetuity? What makes masterpieces of art and relics of humanity, both ancient and contemporary, so important when outside those institutional walls climate change is exacting a heavy toll on our shared Earth? Let us explore what we choose to curate. By focusing on what we hold in perpetuity may we see a future that embraces the health of our only Earth.