More of the United States is learning what we've known for some time: The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport is a jewel.
The center will receive the 2016 Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in June.
It's a wonderful and deserved honor and great national exposure for our expanding tourism market. Since 1998, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center has given the Coast a valuable family attraction to keep visitors here one more day.
"This year's National Medal recipients show the transforming role of museums and libraries from educational destinations to full-fledged community partners and anchors," said Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Countless children, and many adults, have learned to cook, to act, to have a good time in a wholesome environment. And, a $200,000 interactive outdoor classroom will be open soon.
"The shouts and giggles we hear every day are confirmation enough for us, but it sure doesn't hurt to hear that we have been selected as a national winner in recognition of exceptional service to our community," said Cindy DeFrances, executive director of Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children. "Our visitors know that we offer an experience like no other children's museum in Mississippi or along the Coast, one where we inspire children, families and communities through interactive educational experiences and exploration."
We couldn't agree more.
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