CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
P.O. Box 97 * 14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
Valerie Giroux * 410-326-2042 x17
September 24, 2013
For Immediate Release
Calvert Marine Museum Receives Institute of Museum & Library Services Grant
The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) has been selected to receive a fiscal year 2013 Museums for America award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a Federal granting agency. This grant of $142,500 will support our Estuarium renovations project River to Bay: Reflections and Connections. This grant is being matched with a $25,000 grant from the Maryland Heritage Area Program, $25,000 in private contributions, and over $250,000 in labor.
CMM plans to keep the Estuarium open through December and begin demolition when the museum closes in January 2014 for the renovation project. The Estuarium project has a projected completion date of fall of 2014. The project will include five new aquarium tanks with new inserts to enhance the bay and oyster tanks; six interactive stations including touch screens, sounds, and tactile models; new graphic and text panels throughout the exhibit; and new species and diversities will be exhibited. The interactive component of the project is supported by a Maryland Heritage Area Program grant.
This year, the IMLS received 597 applications requesting $67,249,256 in funds. Of these, 170 projects (28%) were selected to receive funding. The staff of the Calvert Marine Museum is thrilled to have been awarded this prestigious grant from IMLS. Dave Moyer, Curator of Estuarine Biology and Project Manager stated, "We are honored to have the support of the federal government in facilitating our museum's ability to affect positive environmental change in the communities of Southern Maryland and beyond. This opportunity to enhance how we engage our audience is a culmination of years of planning and months of hard work by our staff and regional partners." Look for River to Bay: Reflections and Connections to open in the fall of 2014 and track our progress of the renovation on Facebook and Twitter.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $4.00 for children ages 5-12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.