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Family Friendly Museum Award

Our Family Friendly Museum Award celebrates museums, galleries and heritage attractions that go the extra mile to provide an excellent family friendly experience.

We award the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site that has made outstanding efforts to welcome children and families and respond to their feedback.

Launched back in 2004, the award gives a voice to young and family visitors and is the only museum award in Britain to be judged by families.

The Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2018 was announced on 1 October 2018 as Leeds City Museum.

How do we nominate our museum for the award?

Nominations for the Family Friendly Museum Award can be made by anyone – children, parents, carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins – or museums themselves.

We welcome nominations for museums of all sizes, from national museums with teams of curators, to tiny local galleries run by volunteers.

If you are a museum, please take a look at our award guidance for full Terms and Conditions before you apply. We also have a range of nomination materials to help you promote nominations from your visitors.

Nominations for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2019 are now closed.

Take a look at our Family Friendly Museum Award 2019 shortlist.

What are the award categories?

For the first time this year, we are introducing categories to the Family Friendly Museum Award:

  • Small museum: up to 150k visits
  • Medium museum: 150k-500k visits
  • Large museum: 500k+ visits

Don’t worry if you’re not sure about the category when you’re nominating – we’ll check all museums are in the right one before shortlisting.

How is my application judged?

Our expert panel of museum professionals whittles our nominations down to a shortlist. Last year we received over 550 nominations from both families and museums.

Undercover family judges then visit each shortlisted museum during July and August and assess them on how well they meet our Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide the winner for each category.

Our expert panel will then pick an overall winner, the Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

Key dates

Nominations for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2019 open on Monday 25 March 2019 and close at noon on Friday 31 May 2019.

Our expert panel will meet in early June with the shortlist announced on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

The Family Friendly Museum Award winners will be announced at our awards ceremony in London in October.

Find out more

Read more about Leeds City Museum and other previous winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award.

If you’d like to find out more about the award, sign up to our newsletter below or contact us on: getintouch@kidsinmuseums.org.uk.

The Family Friendly Museum Award is kindly supported by Edwardian Hotels London.

We’re also hugely grateful to Best Years Ltd for the beautiful knitted woolly mammoth toys to support our amazing team of Undercover Family Judges.