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Old Governor's Mansion recognized as best museum in Georgia

The votes are in. Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion was selected as the “Institution of the Year” by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG), the state’s museum professional group. The Old Governor’s Mansion was chosen for this honor out of nearly 200 Georgia museums and galleries.

“We are very humbled to be recognized in this fashion by our peers,” said Matt Davis, director of the mansion. “It is a great compliment to our staff, our stakeholders and Georgia College.”

The award was presented during the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Annual Meeting, which took place mid-January in Rome, Georgia. The conference theme was “Across the Divide: Innovation and Collaboration in the 21st Century Museum.”

"The mansion has been an integral part of tourism in Milledgeville and is one of Georgia's most cherished house museums," said Jane S. Sowell, executive director of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "The staff at the mansion realizes that our state's cultural, historical and natural treasures need to be shared with visitors from within our state, as well as with national and international visitors. The exhibits at the mansion help enrich the visitors' experience in this region."

The Old Governor's Mansion was recognized by GAMG to be an institution of statewide significance that through programming, exhibition and resource development has ensured the thoughtful and relevant interpretation of a critical period in the history of Georgia and America.

“We are very pleased to present this award to a very deserving recipient,” said GAMG President Jose Santamaria. “Our members represent a good cross section of the museums and galleries in Georgia’s communities, large and small. We are happy to honor institutions, staff members, volunteers, patrons and special projects that have excelled in providing inspiring programs and leadership.”

GAMG is a private, nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to encouraging growth and improving professional practices of museums and nonprofit galleries throughout the state. The annual conference is an opportunity for museum professionals, board members, volunteers and supporters to share information and build relationships among museums and galleries throughout the state. To learn more, visit

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