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.

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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.