Four museums and cultural institutions in Maine will receive $710,457 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The projects will help the museums engage their communities, create learning experiences, and care for and make accessible museum collections.

The Maine grants are among the 244 awards made in 2013 by IMLS totaling nearly $30 million to museums of all types, including art museums, science centers, aquariums and history museums.

The Maine organizations and their funding include:

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay: $150,000, to complete a master plan to manage and schedule development through 2035;

L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley: $27,994, to collaborate with local teachers to bring science and art education to local schools; and $10,151 to help preserve the museum’s ornithology collection;

Pleasant Point Indian Reservation, Perry: $22,647: to complete an operational plan for the Waponahki Museum and Cultural Resource Center;

Maine Historical Society, Portland: $499,665: to launch a statewide program to encourage individuals to become participants in the history of their places.

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