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Children in Museums Award 2020

We confirm with regret that the 2020 Children in Museums Award has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Existing candidates for the 2020 Award will be transferred automatically to the 2021 Award without further charge.
The 2021 application form will be available in the late autumn.

Logo Children in Museums Award
Logo Children in Museums Award
Hands on! CMA winners and nominees 2018 together with EMA & Hands On! presidents (left and right)
You will find more informations about the winner soon…
Applications are welcomed from children’s museums; from education, children’s and youth departments in museums; science centres; and from other cultural institutions with a particular emphasis on children’s programming. Museums may be long-established or recently opened. However, priority is given to programmes which display recent innovation. Candidates can compete as such or apply with a special (temporary) programme or exhibition. The project entered for the Award, however, must be current and open for viewing in the judging year, i.e. between 1 April and 30 June 2020.
The judges will be looking for what is understood as ‘public quality’. In this specific case, the museum’s commitment to improving children’s experiences, growth, learning, well-being through the museum environment, atmosphere and programming. Applications will be assessed against these criteria: 1. INNOVATION E.g. Showing new pathways to enlarge subject matters, new ideas for using collections in children’s programmes/, new ways of using technologies to interact with the content, new forms of actively engaging young visitors, etc. 2. QUALITY OF LEARNING E.g. Creating an overall environment and atmosphere which are conducive to learning, using interactivity to favour understanding, involving children in the conception and design, testing and evaluation of programmes and exhibitions, etc. 3. INCLUSION AND SOCIAL IMPACT E.g. Showing evidence of programmes or initiatives that have a social impact and focus on inclusion and diversity, outreach activities, etc. 4. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION E.g. Having an informative website, learning printed and/or digital materials for schools, teachers, parents, etc. 5. STAFF E.g. Showing good management and well-trained and experienced staff.
REGULAR: 295 € MEMBERS: Hands On! International members will pay 225 €
The winner of our travelling Miffy trophy and a 5000€ cash prize sponsored by Mercis B.V. will be announced in the course of a festive evening event. Nominees will be named honorary ambassadors of the 21st Century Children Project co-funded by the European Union, as the represent best practice examples of future-oriented museum spaces for children.