Bay Area Discovery Museum Named Finalist for 2024 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum Named Finalist for 2024 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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Bay Area Discovery Museum Contact: Janus Karcz,, (707) 540-2853
IMLS Contact: Erica Jaros;; 202.653.4701

March 27, 2024 – Sausalito, CA The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that Bay Area Discovery Museum is among 30 finalists for the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Bay Area Discovery Museum is four institutions in California to be selected as a finalist for this award.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For 30 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.

“To be recognized nationally by IMLS, and in company of such inspiring peers, is a tremendous honor for Bay Area Discovery Museum. This nomination celebrates and affirms four decades of dedicated efforts by countless staff members, volunteers and donors who share a vision for the power of museums to change lives. For us that means creating experiences that give every child the opportunity to grow and thrive through joyful, playful learning,” said Kelly McKinley, CEO of Bay Area Discovery Museum.

“The 30 National Medal finalists from across the United States showcase the tremendous abilities of libraries and museums to serve as trusted, dynamic public spaces that meet the needs of their communities,” said IMLS Acting Director Cyndee Landrum. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these outstanding institutions. We congratulate them on their collective effort to respond to community needs, preserve diverse history and culture, and create a sense of belonging for all Americans.”

To celebrate this honor, IMLS is encouraging Bay Area Discovery Museum’s community members to share stories, memories, pictures, and videos on social media using the hashtags #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals, and engage with IMLS on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram. For more information, please visit the IMLS website.

National Medal winners will be announced in late May. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions during an in-person National Medals Ceremony in Washington, DC this summer.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website.



About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. IMLS envisions a nation where individuals and communities have access to museums and libraries to learn from and be inspired by the trusted information, ideas, and stories they contain about our diverse natural and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About the Bay Area Discovery Museum  
Located in the enriching environment of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Bay Area Discovery Museum is dedicated to the idea that play is essential to children’s well-being and children grow through joyful play. The museum’s experiential exhibits, interactive programs, and community engagement inspire discovery and foster meaningful connections. When children and families thrive, our community thrives. To dive into our playful world, visit and connect with us on Instagram and Facebook.

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