Posted February 24, 2015 by & filed under Blog, Press Releases.

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Felipe Pena , Executive Director, Children’s Museum,
Cynthia Galvan, Marketing Director, Gladys Porter Zoo,

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Brownsville, TX: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has named the Children’s Museum of Brownsville (CMB) and the Gladys Porter Zoo (GPZ) as finalists for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The prestigious award is the United States’ highest honor for institutions that make a significant impact on their local communities.

The two Brownsville institutions, both located in the Mitte Cultural District, will join an elite group of 28 other finalists from throughout the entire nation.  Brownsville is the only city in the nation to have two museums from the same city to receive the distinction of being named finalist.

“The 2015 National Medal finalists have made real and lasting contributions to their local communities through programs that engage and inspire the public,” said Maura Marx, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Service. “These institutions serve as trusted providers of education resources, skills development, and civic engagement. We salute these museums and libraries, which play a key role in shaping our future by providing boundless opportunities for lifelong learning.”

The Children’s Museum of Brownsville and the Gladys Porter Zoo are encouraging those who have visited to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To share your story please visit

National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

Learn more about the Children’s Museum of Brownsville.

Learn more about Gladys Porter Zoo.