2024 National Medal Finalists graphics

On March 27, 2024, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 30 finalists for the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. Since 1996, the award has honored more than 200 institutions that demonstrated extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service.

IMLS congratulates the finalists for the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service and thanks all those who applied. This year’s 30 finalists are:


  • Azalea Regional Library System (Sparta, GA)
  • Chapel Hill Public Library (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • DC Public Library (Washington, DC)
  • East Brunswick Public Library (East Brunswick, NJ)
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore, MD)
  • Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library (Gloucester, MA)
  • Griswold Memorial Library (Colrain, MA)
  • Harris County Public Library (Houston, TX)
  • Kent District Library (Comstock Park, MI)
  • Lambertville Free Public Library (Lambertville, NJ)
  • Mesa County Libraries (Grand Junction, CO)
  • San Diego County Library (San Diego, CA)
  • The Copper Queen Library (Bisbee, AZ)
  • The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library (Dorado, Puerto Rico)
  • Worcester Public Library (Worcester, MA)


  • Children’s Museum of Houston (Houston, TX)
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson, AZ)
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito, CA)
  • California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA)
  • Discovery Museum (Acton, MA)
  • El Paso Museum of History (El Paso, TX)
  • Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (Powell, WY)
  • Hoċokata Ṫi (Shakopee, MN)
  • Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL)
  • The Louis Armstrong House Museum (Queens, NY)
  • The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News, VA)
  • Museum of Idaho (Idaho Falls, ID)
  • Museum of Us (San Diego, CA)
  • Orlando Science Center (Orlando, FL)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, PA)