You can volunteer to help with the gardening at a ‘muck-in’ day, try plaiting challah bread and smell traditional chicken soup, improve your Welsh on a museum trail, join a Youth Squad to help make new exhibitions and eat at café with table-top toys. These activities are just some of the fantastic things the ten museums shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2017 are doing to reflect their local communities. We had over 700 nominations this year for Britain’s biggest museum award and what really shone through is that families love museums that listen to them and make them feel at home.

The shortlist for the 2017 Family Friendly Museum Award is:

  • The Cardiff Story Museum
  • Dylan Thomas Centre (Swansea)
  • Great North Museum: Hancock (Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Coventry)
  • Jewish Museum (London)
  • People’s History Museum (Manchester)
  • Rainham Hall (Greater London)
  • River & Rowing Museum (Henley-on-Thames)
  • Tudor House (Worcester)
  • Vale and Downland Museum (Oxfordshire)

John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism said: “Making our museums fun and interesting for young people can help spark a lifelong interest in arts, culture and history. The Family Friendly Museum Award is a wonderful way of recognising those museums that give the warmest welcome to children and families.”

The shortlisted museums will be road-tested anonymously by families over the summer using the new Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto as a guide to their family and child friendliness.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London in October 2017.

Follow the Award on Twitter by following @kidsinmuseums and using the hashtag #FFMA17.

The Family Friendly Museum Award 2017 is run Kids in Museums and kindly supported by Nimrod Capital and Edwardian Hotels.