Call for entries: Children in Museums Award

15 Nov 2022

The Children in Museums Award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It recognises excellence and innovation in programmes and exhibits designed for children up to the age of 14 years.

The Award is judged by a panel of experts experienced in many disciplines within the museum field who all contribute their time as volunteers. The judges are looking especially for museums, exhibitions, programmes and museum environments that show:

• a commitment to children, to encourage children’s curiosity and to stimulate their imagination

• creativity and innovation

• quality learning experiences

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 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:


For instance, 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 For instance, 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.


For instance, showing evidence of programmes or initiatives that have a social impact and focus on inclusion and diversity, outreach activities, etc.


For instance, having an informative website, learning printed and/or digital materials for schools, teachers, parents, etc.

5. STAFF For instance, showing good management and well-trained and experienced staff.


The completed application should be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of 295 € (two hundred and ninety-five Euros), paid by bank transfer. Hands On! International members will pay 225 € (two hundred and twenty-five Euros).

See detail and application process on https://www.hands-on-internati...

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2023.