Lindsay Wildlife Museum Receives Highest Award

The American Alliance of Museums honors one of Walnut Creek's most beloved destinations.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum features a variety of wildlife exhibits, but its latest display will have neither fur nor feathers. It will be the award from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the most prestigious honor handed out to American museums. Of the country's 17,500 museums, only 775 have earned an AAM accreditation.

“The Lindsay Wildlife Museum has been a pillar of the community in Walnut Creek and beyond for decades. During that time, the museum’s critical role in the care and preservation of native California wildlife has been exemplary,” said Congressman George Miller. “Given this great success, it is no surprise the American Alliance of Museums has deemed it one of the top museums in the country.”

One hundred thousand people come through the museum's doors every year. More than 5,000 injured animals are treated. Thousands of students tour the facility annually, and it boasts partnerships with community organizations, as well as state and federal wildlife agencies. 

Three new exhibits opened last year:

  • Wildlife Hospital Behind the Scenes gives visitors an inside view of the critical work of Lindsay’s wildlife rehabilitation hospital, the first such hospital established in the U.S.
  • Raptor! lets visitors virtually experience flying like a wild hawk over Mount Diablo.
  • Hive Alive! brings visitors closer than ever before to a live, working beehive enclosed in Plexiglass.

The museum’s first 2013 free admission day is Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation.

The museum is located at 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, phone 925-935-1978, www.wildlife-museum.org.

c5 January 24, 2013 at 02:33 PM
we've love the lindsay since we moved here fifteen years ago. this is a treasure to be supported by the community. heck my wife is even considering fostering a baby squirrel through the lindsay!
Bryn Thenell January 24, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Much deserved recognition for an outstanding community member. Well done Lindsay Museum!
mark brown January 24, 2013 at 07:36 PM
thank you walnut creek patch for getting the word out about the accreditation. for almost 20 years, i have been going to the museum and it is wonderful to see the improvements in the exhibit hall and the hospital viewing room. Though my kids are now grown, i still visit and learn something new with each visit. . I must also say this makes me very proud to be a board member. Congratulations to the staff and to Loren Behr who as our director has helped to make this happen.
Amalie Walz January 25, 2013 at 05:48 AM
I am so proud to be a part of the museum. It is an amazing place to participate. It is one of the only places you can bring injured or orphaned wildlife that are in need of help and find out after your effort if the animal has been released to the wild. The staff and volunteers are 100% committed to making it an awesome place to come and learn about the animals we live amongst. Thank you Loren and all of those who participate to make it the an awesome experience.


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