Cincinnati Museum Center one of 10 recipients of National Medal for Museum and Library Services

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal has been named one of 10 recipients of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries.

The annual award, made by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) since 1994, recognizes institutions for outstanding social, educational, environmental, or economic contributions to their communities. Cincinnati Museum Center will receive the National Medal at a ceremony to be held later in Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award in recognition of their extraordinary contributions.

Douglass W. McDonald, president and CEO, said "This award is a tribute to our staff, trustees, donors, members, volunteers and community partners whose unwavering dedication to our mission and innovative efforts has made us a unique asset and a vital community resource."

As one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest, Cincinnati Museum Center features the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theatre and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library & Archives, the Geier Family Collections & Research Center, and the Richard & Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve - 14,000 acres of biologically diverse, privately owned and protected nature system managed jointly with The Nature Conservancy, Ohio. 

Recognized recently by Forbes Traveler as the 17th most visited museum in the nation, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal welcomes more than 1.3 million visitors annually and reaches out to nearly 400,000 young people through hands-on programs and learning experiences.   As a key regional and national destination, CMC brings $15 million in new money to the region and supports 1,100 jobs.  Since its 1933 opening, Union Terminal has welcomed more than 150 million visitors. 

In addition to Cincinnati Museum Center, other recipients of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

Braille Institute of America Library, Los Angeles, CA
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, PA
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, FL
Pritzker Military Library, Chicago, IL
Stark County District Library, Canton, OH
Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN

Source: Cincinnati Museum Center.
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