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Lilly Endowment awards $43M for museum religion exhibits

Posted at 8:45 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 20:45:55-05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded 18 grants totaling more than $43 million to museums and other cultural institutions across the U.S. to develop exhibitions and other programs that portray the role of religion in society.

The Indianapolis-based endowment said Wednesday that the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is receiving an $8 million grant to establish a new Center for the Public Understanding of Religion in American History and to create 3,500-square-foot gallery space.

Other grantees including Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, Colonial Williamsburg and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will receive amounts between $500,000 and $2.5 million.