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Senate approves national distinction for Jackson art museum

Enzi, Barrasso work to honor museum with prestigious national title

April 10, 2008

WASHINGTON - The Jackson National Museum of Wildlife Art is one step closer to joining the ranks of an elite group of American museums following the Senate passage of a measure today to designate the museum as one of the country’s official “national” museums, according to U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo.

“The National Museum of Wildlife Art has long deserved the national distinction that accompanies its name.  I am pleased the Senate voted today to officially designate the museum as one of the United States’ national museums,” Enzi said.  “The Wildlife Art museum is a one-of-a-kind national treasure in both celebrating the arts and the beauty of our country’s wildlife,” said Enzi.  “The work of the museum merits national appreciation, and this title would provide that much-deserved recognition.”

“I’m pleased the Wildlife Art museum has received the recognition it so richly deserves,” Barrasso said. “With today’s vote, the Senate has gone on record as recognizing the museum as one of the nation’s most preeminent treasures.”

The Senate passed the legislation 91 to 4 as part of the larger Public Lands bill (S. 2739).  The full bill will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.

A national designation for the museum would secure a national reputation and awareness for the museum, but does not provide any federal funding, according to the senators.  With the national designation, the National Museum of Wildlife Art would join a select group of less than twenty nationally designated museums, including the Smithsonian museums and the National Children’s Museum.