The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has received a 2007 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the highest honor awarded by the U.S. federal government for the extraordinary public service provided by museums and libraries.
In announcing the awards on November 6, Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), said that the award recognizes that the recipients, five museums and five libraries, “provide ground-breaking programs that respond to community challenges, serve as models for the nation’s museums and libraries, and most of all make a difference in people’s lives.” They will be honored in a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., and each will receive a $10,000 award.
“I am pleased that the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has been awarded this prestigious prize and is getting the recognition it deserves,” said U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
“For decades OMSI has been instrumental in inspiring kids and adults alike to learn about science, technology and the environment around them. Oregon has always recognized OMSI as a cultural icon, and it’s great to see it now being recognized nationally.”
“This recognition by the Institute of Museum and Library Services is confirmation of what generations of Oregon families have known for some time—that OMSI is a true national treasure,” said U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR).
IMLS is the primary source of U.S. federal funding for museums and libraries.