The Children in Museum Award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! to recognize excellence in programs and exhibitions for children worldwide. Applications are accepted from children’s museums and from education, children and youth departments in museums and science centers.
In explaining the award, the International Association of Children in Museums and the European Museum Academy said, “Boston Children’s Museum reflects the best developments in museology for children, in education and in communication. They made learning a core part of their mission, but they have put children and their needs and interests at the heart of it. Boston Children’s Museum is innovative, constantly finding new ways to be a place which combines exploration, discovery and learning...”
“It is very gratifying to receive this award,” said Carol Charnow, President and CEO of Boston Children’s Museum. “I speak for all of the previous leaders and staff of the Museum who have made it a remarkable engine of creativity, learning and advocacy for children, when thanking the European Museum Academy and Hands On! for this recognition.”
The judges presented two lifetime achievement awards this year. Thirty-seven museums took part in the competition this year, with a short-list of eight finalists listed below:
Belgium Science Center NEMO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Finalist
Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, USA - Winner
Gemeentemuseum – Wonderkamers, The Hague, The Netherlands - Finalist
Le Pass – Parc d’Aventures Scientifiques, Frameries - Finalist
Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, Spain - Finalist
Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 NU, Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Finalist
Singapore Philatelic Museum, Singapore - Finalist
ZOOM Kindermuseum, Vienna, Austria - Winner
Previous winners of the award include:
2014 National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, USA
2012 Tropenmuseum Junior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
”Boston Children’s Museum has long been a model for the power of children and the transformative role museums can play. ACM is so delighted that the Museum’s work has been recognized on the world stage,” commented Laura Huerta Migus, the Executive Director at the Association of Children’s Museums.
Boston Children’s Museum is one of the oldest and largest children’s museums in the world, pioneering hands-on exhibitions and visitor-focused experiences that put children in charge of their own learning. It first opened its doors in 1913. For more than 100 years, Boston Children's Museum has been a leader in Boston and within the museum community worldwide. The Museum is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children's exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Designed for children and families, the Museum’s exhibits and programs focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the visual and performing arts.
To read the complete Judges’ report click here http://www.hands-on-international.net/award/winner-2015/