The Boston Children’s Museum, located along the South Boston Waterfront, was recently named the recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The award is one of the nation’s highest honors presented to libraries and museums for community service, according to a release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The museum, which will celebrate its 100th birthday this year, was one of 10 recipients chosen by the federal grant making organization for the award.
“As the only Boston museum defined by its audience – children and families – our spaces connect the stories of parents and teachers, grandparents and teens, policymakers and innovators,” Carole Charnow, president & CEO of the Boston Children’s Museum, said in a statement. “For 100 years, we have advocated for the enduring value of play, and its link to the mental, physical, and emotional health of children.”
Founded in 1913, the museum’s STEM programing and participation in the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative was highlighted by the institute.
“Boston Children’s Museum has been a place for children and families to explore, to learn, to play, and to dream for 100 years ,” Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, said in a statement. “This year’s National Medal recipients demonstrate the many ways museums and libraries alike build strong communities. These institutions are educating, inspiring, and leading lifelong learning while serving as community anchors.”
Tayquan Pomare-Taylor, a 16-year-old Teen Ambassador, will accept the award on behalf of the museum at a May 8 celebration in Washington D.C.
“We are grateful to the IMLS for this distinguished award and look forward to building upon our legacy by continuing to promote the health and education of all children so that they will reach their full potential and contribute to our collective wellbeing,” Charnow, said in a statement.