[image-1] Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the 10 recipients of its 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, including the S.C. Aquarium. The award celebrates institutions “that are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services noted that the Charleston aquarium sets itself apart by keeping its collection local. No need for all those exotic creatures, here. Placing an emphasis on species that are native to South Carolina, the museum educates the public about the biodiversity of our region.
[content-1] The S.C. Aquarium and the nine other winners were selected from 30 national finalists because of the quality of their programming, services, and community outreach.

Kevin Mills, president of the aquarium, said, “Education has been, from the beginning, one of our core mission tenets. The second is conservation, both in terms of our understanding of species through our care of them at the aquarium and in terms of rehabilitation, primarily with sea turtles. When you visit the aquarium, you might see kids mesmerized by the sea turtle rehab and adults engaged in environmental discussion. It’s an inspiring place for all ages.”

See the full list of this year’s winners online and learn more at scaquarium.org.