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Children in Museums Award 2023

Hands On! International & European Museum Academy are looking for exceptional and excellent children’s exhibition programmes for the Children in Museums Award 2023.

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Logo Children in Museums Award

On Thursday, October 26, amidst the picturesque setting of Bern, Switzerland, we had the immense pleasure of announcing the winner of the prestigious Children in Museums Award 2023 during our conference at the children’s museum Creaviva at Zentrum Paul Klee. We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Tokyo Toy Museum for their exceptional dedication to creating enriching and immersive experiences for children.

The Tokyo Toy Museum stands out as a beacon of creativity and innovation in the world of children’s museums. Their commitment to fostering imaginative play and interactive learning is truly commendable. Through carefully curated exhibits and hands-on activities, the museum provides a space where children can explore, learn, and grow.

We extend our gratitude to all the museums and institutions that participated in this year’s award, especially to the 12 shortlisted nominees. The calibre of work showcased was truly inspiring, and it speaks volumes about the global commitment to providing meaningful educational experiences for children.

CEO of Mercis Marja Kerkhof accepted the award on behalf of the TTM and next week, Miffy will be travelling to Japan.

2023 CMA Judges Report

CMA 2023 Press Release


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 15 March and 30 June 2023.
Applications will be assessed against these criteria: Innovation, Quality of Learning, Inclusion & Social Impact, Information & Communication, Staff.
Regular: €295 Hands On! Members: €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.