The Louisiana Children’s Museum has received an award from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences for its service to the community.

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest museum and library honor. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that present extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families and communities. The award will be presented to 10 institutions at an event May 18 in Washington, D.C.

The Louisiana Children’s Museum offers 30,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and educational programs that encourage learning through play.

Beyond its big blue doors, the museum is working to build a stronger community by fostering the healthy development of children and strengthening the connections between the child and the family, and the child and the community.

“We believe that it is our responsibility to be relevant to our community in a great variety of ways,” said Julia Bland, CEO of the Louisiana Children’s Museum. “The Louisiana Children’s Museum’s programs focus on the belief that all children are born full of potential. Offering opportunities and experiences for children to grow into their potential is extremely important.”