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Family Friendly Museum Award 2019 – Shortlist

publication date: Jun 19, 2019

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery Dino Day

Kids in Museums have announced the 15 museums that have been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2019.The charity awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

This year’s award is the biggest yet, with a record-breaking number of nominations from families. Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. A panel of museum experts then whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist.

The shortlist for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2019 is:

Large Museums Category

  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Riverside Museum, Glasgow
  • World Museum, Liverpool

Medium Museums Category

  • Bolton Museum & Art Gallery
  • Great North Museum: Hancock
  • London Transport Museum
  • The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge
  • University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Small Museums Category

  • Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline
  • The Devil’s Porridge Museum, Eastriggs
  • Erewash Museum, Derbyshire
  • Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
  • Parc Howard Museum, Llanelli
  • Valence House Museum, Dagenham

What next?

Over the summer holidays, undercover family judges will visit each shortlisted museum and judge them on how well they meet the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, the Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

The Family Friendly Museum Award has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England and is kindly supported by Edwardian Hotels London.