Family activities - William Morris Gallery
Family activities - William Morris Gallery
'Walking the Plank' - Diving Museum
'Walking the Plank' - Diving Museum
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
Art activities - River & Rowing Museum
Art activities - River & Rowing Museum



Visitors told us in their hundreds where they’d had the best time at a museum. They nominated one-room volunteer-run museums; big, national museums of worldwide fame; high art galleries stuffed with Impressionists; open air museums inhabited by costumed guides in period dress; Tudor palaces; Victorian mines; museums housed in old post offices, battlements and gunneries. Museums were nominated all over Britain, from the tip of Cornwall to Morayshire.

These 20 made it to the longlist:

Beamish Museum, Durham

Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire

Cutty Sark, London

Diving Museum, Gosport, Hampshire

Elgin Museum, Moray

Gallery Oldham, Greater Manchester

Geffrye Museum, London

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey

Milton Keynes Museum

National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Devon

Science Museum, London

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon life

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria

William Morris Gallery, London

The Winding House, Caerphilly

Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland


The Family Friendly Museum Award is sponsored by Telegraph Newspaper Group and gets more nominations than any other museum award in Britain. A panel of volunteers spent a very long day whittling over 800 visitor nomination.


What Happens Next?

So what happens next? The longlist is put before a panel of experts, including our Patron celebrity children’s author Damian Dibben and historian and broadcaster Helen Castor. They choose a shortlist of six. These six museums are road-tested anonymously by families. These families pick the winner.

Do you want to be one of the mystery family museum judges and help choose who wins? Just email [email protected] telling us a little bit about your family and why you want to be judges.

The shortlisted museums are road-tested anonymously by families, using the Kids in Museums Manifesto as a guide to their family friendliness.

Families – Would your family like to be mystery museum judges and help pick the winner? Then email [email protected].

Order your free copy of the Kids in Museums Manifesto from [email protected]

Click here to read our Family Friendly Museum Award coverage in The Telegraph.

Want to find out more about the history of the Family Friendly Museum Award?

Have a look at some of our previous winners

Have a look which museums made it on to our shortlist in 2014

Terms and Conditions of Family Friendly Museum Award

Find out more about the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award – the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families at