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exhaustive list of projects awarded in 2023 globally

At the end of the year Best in Heritage delivers a list of relevant award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Out of this our Advisory Board approves a final selection of laureates to be featured in Best in Heritage edition and contains 28 projects in the core programme and 14 projects in the Multimedia / New Technologies segment IMAGINES


Hands on! International Association for Children in Museum

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Children in Museums Award 2023

  • Tokyo Toy Museum, Tokyo, Japan


The Society for the History of Technology

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Dibner Award 2023

  • Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg |
    Minett Stories: Remixing Industrial Pasts in the Digital Age, Luxembourg


International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

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Systematic Public Library of the Year Award 2023

  • Barcelona Libraries City Network, Spain


International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art - CIMAM 

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CIMAM Award for Outstanding Museum Practices 2023

  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá | CHAGRES: the Nomadic Residency Programme



European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2023

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Category Conservation and Adaptive Reuse

  • Steam Engine Brewery, Lobeč, Czechia

  • Friluftsskolen Open-Air School, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Hôtel de la Marine, Paris, France

  • Royal Gardens of Venice, Italy (Grand Prix)

  • Museum of Urban Wooden Architecture, Vilnius, Lithuania

  • Wit Stwosz Altarpiece in St. Mary’s Basilica, Kraków, Poland

  • Mudéjar Ceilings of the Cathedral of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

  • Deba Bridge, Gipuzkoa, Spain (Grand Prix)

  • Ruins of the Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza, Gradefes, Spain

  • Cleveland Pools, Bath, United Kingdom

Category Research

  • ​Scientific-Archaeological Studies for the Preservation of Ererouyk, Aramenia/France

  • Proto-Industrial Architecture of the Veneto in the Age of Palladio, Italy

  • Safeguarding of the Artisanal Fishing Technique “Arte-Xávega”, Portugal

  • MINIARE: The Art & Science of Manuscript Heritage, Cambridge, United Kingdom​

Category Education, Training and Skills

  • ​MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives, Austria/Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia

  • ACTA VISTA, Marseille, France (Grand Prix)

  • Carpenters without Borders, Paris, France

  • National Centres for Restoration of Historic Vessels, Norway

  • Pathfinders of the Waters, Danube Delta, Romania

Category Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising

  • ​Village Square Meer, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Budapest100, Hungary

  • Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Dublin, Ireland (Grand Prix)

  • Open for You, Italy

  • ALMADA Project, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Via Transilvanica, Romania (Public Choice Award 2023)

  • Un-archiving Post-industry, Ukraine

Heritage Champions

  • Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO), Ukraine/International (Grand Prix)


European Museum Forum

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European Museum of The Year 2023

  • L'Etno, Valencian Museum of Ethnology, València, Spain

The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2023

  • The Workers Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark


Kenneth Hudson Award for Institutional Courage and Professional Integrity 2023

  • 23,5 Hrant Dink Site of Memory, Istanbul, Türkiye


Portimão Museum Prize for Welcoming, Inclusion and Belonging 2023

  • Chillida Leku, Hernani, Spain 


Silletto Prize for Community Participation and Engagement 2023

  • Otar Lordkipanidze Vani Archaeological Museum of Georgian National Museum, Georgia


Meyvaert Museum Prize for Environmental Sustainability 2023

  • Swiss Museum of Agriculture, Burgrain, Switzerland  


European Museum Academy

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​​​​Luigi Micheletti Award 2023

  • FLUGT: Refugee Museum of Denmark, Oksbøl, Denmark

DASA Award 2023

  • Hungarian Money Museum and Visitor Centre, Budapest, Hungary

Art Museum Award 2023

  • S.M.A.K. Communal Museum for Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium


Art Fund Prize

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Museum of the Year 2023

  • The Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Scotland


Museums + Heritage Awards 2023

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Judges’ Special Recognition Award

  • National Museum of the History of Ukraine | Ukraine - Crucifixion


Innovator of The Year

  • Meyvaert Kaap Skil, oxygen-free conservation showcases


Sector Support Award

  • Kids in Museums


Café or Restaurant of The Year

  • Museum of North Craven Life | The Folly Coffee House: A Year in the Life


Visitor Welcome Award

  • The Scottish Crannog Centre | Welcome to the Scottish Crannog Centre!


Sustainable Project of The Year

  • Food Museum | Hedgerow

  • SS Great Britain Trust Voyage to Carbon Neutral


Best Use of Digital – International

  • Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Studio Louter and Kiss the Frog | Film Catcher


Best Use of Digital – UK

  • StoryFutures | StoryTrails


Team of The Year

  • National Museums Liverpool | Housekeeping Team


Community Engagement Programme of The Year

  • The Cartoon Museum | Cartoon Museum Autism Programme


International Exhibition of The Year

  • Vardemuseerne, Tinker imagineers | FLUGT - Refugee Museum of Denmark


Learning Programme of The Year
Learning without Borders - a collaboration between Brooklands Museum and Bourne Education Trust


Partnership of The Year

  • Colchester + Ipswich Museums | Joy at the Jobcentre


Restoration or Conservation Project of The Year

  • Cleveland Pools Trust | Cleveland Pools Restoration


Shop of The Year

  • Bletchley Park Shop


Permanent Exhibition of The Year

  • National Trust | The Children's Country House at Sudbury


Temporary or Touring Exhibition of The Year
Navrang Arts Rebuilding Lives: 50 Years of Ugandan Asians in Leicester

  • English Heritage The future belongs to what was as much as what is.


Marketing + Communications Campaign of The Year

  • Castle Howard Estate Ltd Christmas at Castle Howard


Family Friendly Museum Awards 2023

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Best Accessible Museum & Overall Winner

  • Craven Museum, Skipton


Best Small Museum

  • Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro


Best Medium Museum

  • The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury


Best Large Museum

  • Museum of Liverpool


Best Youth Project

  • Climate – Tullie, Carlisle


VriendenLoterij Museumprijs 2023

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  • Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, The Netherlands



Associação Portuguesa de Museologia

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Swedish Museum Association / ICOM Sweden

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Museum of the Year 2023

  • Museum of Östergötland, Linköping


Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport Austria

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Österreichische Museumspreis 2023

  • Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna


Finnish Museums Association & ICOM Finland

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Finnish Museum of the Year 2023

  • Riihisaari – Nyslotts Museum, Savonlinna



Estonian Museum Awards 2023

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Norwegian Museum Association

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Norwegian Museum of The Year 2023

  • ​Naturhistorisk Museum, Oslo


Museums Association United Kingdom

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Best Museums Change Lives Project

  • Glasgow Museums, Bangladesh Association Glasgow, and Our Shared Cultural Heritage | Scotland’s Lascar Heritage


Best Small Museum Project

  • The Whithorn Trust | Whithorn ReBuild Schools Engagement Project


Decolonising Museums Award

  • Wilberforce House Museum | Changing Perspectives in Hull


European Cultural Tourism Network / Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2023

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Digitalisation advances and digital transition in Sustainable Cultural Tourism

  • rurAllure: promotion of rural museums and heritage sites in the vicinity of European pilgrimage routes by University of Vigo, Spain,


History and Heritage Tourism

  • REVIVE: Reviving public heritage into sustainable tourism in Portugal by Turismo de Portugal, Portugal

Riverside Heritage Tourism

  • Emajõgi - The Binding River: Drawing Inhabitants Closer in Tartu, by Visit Tartu, Estonia

Transnational Thematic Tourism Products

  • Liberation Route Europe: Transnational memorial of trails connecting World War Two remembrance sites and stories - Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, by LRE Foundation, Belgium (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland and Czechia)


Spiritual, Religious and Pilgrimage Tourism

  • Púca Festival at County Meath, Ireland's Ancient East by “Failte Ireland” (Welcome Ireland), National Tourism Development Authority, Ireland

Traditional Skills, Crafts and Creativity

  • Regional Museum/Information Centre of Akamas Rural Life at Droushia village by Droushia Community Council, Cyprus


Public Choice Award​

  • Holistic Digital Documentation of Asinou Church a UNESCO World Heritage Monument by UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus


Collections Trust Award 2023

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Asia & Pacific
asia & pacific

Chinese Museums Association

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Most Innovative Museums in China Award 2023

  • Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Institute, Jingdezhen

  • China Grand Canal Museum, Yangzhou

  • Chengdu Museum (National Shadow Puppetry Museum in Chengdu), Chengdu


2023 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

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Award of Excellence

  • Rambagh Gates and Ramparts, Punjab, India


Award of Distinction

  • Fanling Golf Course, Hong Kong SAR, China

  • Dongguan Garden Residences, Yangzhou, China

  • Karnikara Mandapam at Kunnamangalam Bhagawati Temple, Kerala, India


Award of Merit

  • Yan Nan Yuan at Peking University, Beijing, China

  • Pan Family Residence, Suzhou, China

  • Church of Epiphany, Haryana, India

  • David Sassoon Library and Reading Room, Mumbai, India

  • Bikaner House, New Delhi, India


Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts

  • Erlitou Site Museum of the Xia Capital, Luoyang, China


Special Recognition for Sustainable Development

  • Karnikara Mandapam at Kunnamangalam Bhagawati Temple, Kerala, India

  • Pipal Haveli, Punjab, India

  • Sikami Chhen, Kathmandu, Nepal


Japanese Association of Museums Award 2023

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  • Akashi Municipal Planetarium, Akashi City, Okayama Prefecture


2023 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

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Projects: Organisations With Paid Staff

  • Museum of Brisbane for Play Moves


Projects: Organisations Volunteer Run

  • Babinda Museum for Building Babinda Museum


Engagement: Organisations With Paid Staff

  • Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art for QAGOMA Learning: DESIGN TRACKS


2023 Victorian Museum Awards

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Volunteer-run Project of the Year

  • Queenscliffe Historical Society | Queenscliffe Revealed: Hidden Histories, New Narratives


Small Project of the Year (Museum) 

  • Yarra Ranges Regional Museum | Hard Place/Good Place: Yarra Ranges


Small Project of the Year (Gallery) 

  • RMIT Culture for Radical Utopia, The Design Archaeology of a Creative City


Medium Project of the Year (Museum)

  • Museums Victoria | More Than a Tarrang (tree): Memory, Material, Cultural Agency


Medium Project of the Year (Gallery)

  • Art Gallery of Ballarat | Beating About The Bush: A new lens on Australian Impressionism

Large Project of the Year

  • Museums Victoria | Tyama: A deeper sense of knowing


First Nations Project of the Year

  • Daylesford and District Historical Society with Djaara Elder Uncle Rick Nelson | Coranderrk Portraits


2023 New Zealand Museum Awards

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IMAGinE Awards 2023

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Exhibition Projects – Galleries and Visual Arts Projects / Small or Volunteer Galleries

  • Hawkesbury Regional Gallery | Dyarubbin


Exhibition Projects – Galleries and Visual Arts Projects / Medium

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery | Upriver Downriver


Exhibition Projects – Major Metropolitan Institutions

  • Australian Museum | Burra Learning Place


Exhibition Projects – Museums and Heritage Projects / Volunteer Organisations

  • Miss Porter’s House | Series of Audio Stories


Exhibition Projects – Museums and Heritage Projects / Small Organisations

  • Orange Regional Museum | Mulaa Giilang: Wiradjuri stories of the night sky


Exhibition Projects – Museums and Heritage Projects / Medium Organisations

  • Sydney Jewish Museum | Reverberations: A Future for Memory


Engagement Programs / Small and Volunteer Organisations

  • Hawkesbury Regional Museum | Bangadyi Nawi Making a Canoe


Engagement Programs / Medium Organisations

  • Museum Of The Riverina | RETURN: Reconnecting objects and collections with people and places


Engagement Programs / Large Organisations

  • Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia & Parramatta Artists’ Studios (PAS) / Being Together: Parramatta Yearbook


Innovation & Resilience / Budget of $10,000 or less 

  • Tamworth Regional Film And Sound Archive | Relocation Rush


Innovation & Resilience  / Budget of between $10,000 and $100,000

  • New England Regional Art Museum | HOME


Innovation & Resilience / Budget of $100,00 or greater

  • Bathurst Regional Council, Museums Bathurst | Central Tablelands Collections Facility



2023 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA)

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Interpretation, learning & audience engagement

Level 1

  • Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre | History's Mysteries Young Writers Competition

Level 2

  • Museums Victoria | FlushBack - Spotswood Pumping Station Quest

Level 4

  • Powerhouse Museum | 100 Climate Conversations

  • Australian Museum | Burra Learning Place

Temporary or travelling exhibition

Level 1

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery | Nongirrna Marawili: Daughter of the Lightning Snake

Level 2

  • Shrine of Remembrance | Defending with Pride: Stories of LGBTQ+ Service

Level 3

  • Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory | Gumurr’manydji Manapanmirr Djäma (Making successful business together)

Level 4

  • Australian Museum | Sharks

Permanent exhibition or gallery fit out

Level 2

  • Canberra Museum and Gallery | Canberra/ Kamberri: Place & People

Level 3

  • Wodonga Council | Bonegilla ID Cards Exhibition – Bonegilla Migrant Experience 

Level 4

  • University of Melbourne, Museums and Collections | Science Gallery Melbourne

Community engagement and outreach

Level 1

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery | The Maitland Archive

Level 2

  • Tweed Regional Museum | Museum on Wheels

Level 3

  • Australian Museum | WorldPride at the Australian Museum

Level 4

  • Powerhouse Museum | Powerhouse Lates

Sustainability project

Level 2

  • Powerhouse Museum | Powerhouse Climate Action Plan and Caring for Country Principles

Level 4

  • Bathurst Regional Council | Central Tablelands Collections Facility

Indigenous project

Level 1

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery | Maitland Cultural Resurgence

Level 2

  • Shire of Toodyay | Gnulla Karnany Waangkiny (Our Truth Telling)


north america

Institute of Museum and Library Services

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National Medals for Museum and Library Service 2023


  • Kuskokwim Consortium Library (Bethel, AK)

  • LA County Library (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Long Branch Free Public Library (Long Branch, NJ)

  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library (Toledo, OH)



  • Center of Science and Industry (COSI) (Columbus, OH)

  • Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum (Buffalo, WY)

  • Museum of Discovery and Science (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

  • Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, CA)


Canadian Museums Association Awards 2023

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CMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement

Audience Outreach

  • MEM — Centre des mémoires montréalaises



  • Art Gallery of Alberta

  • Musée de la Gaspésie



  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery


Social Impact

  • MONOVA — North Vancouver Museum & Archives


Stewardship of Collections

  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Manitoba Museum | Witness Blanket conservation project


2023 Governor General’s History Awards Canada

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Excellence in Community Programming

  • Craft at Risk | Heritage NL

  • Mettre en lumière l'histoire des femmes | Comité Mémoire des femmes de la Fédération Histoire Québec


Excellence in Museums: History Alive!

  • Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library and Ross House Museum | mámawihitowin | Ganaagishkwadaadiwin | Asenbli | Rencontre | Gathering: Indigenous Beadwork, Embroidery and Quillwork 


Alberta Museums Association

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Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility 2023

  • Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery


Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) 

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Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards 2023


Awards for Business Practice

  • Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

  • National Children’s Museum, Washington DC


Awards for Community Service

  • Children’s Discovery Museum, Normal, Illinois

  • COSI—the Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, Ohio


Awards for Resilience

  • Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada

  • Palouse Discovery Science Center, Pullman, Washington


Award for Visitor Experience

  • Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Multimedia & New Technologies
multimedia and new technologies

FAIMP Festival 2023 by AVICOM

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Grand Prize - Claude Nicole Hocqard prize of AVICOM
Titanic Belfast | The Ship of Dreams, United Kingdom


Exhibition Installation
Media Museum | Interpretation by Sound & Vision, Netherlands


Exhibition Installation, Education and Mediation
Petőfi Literary Museum | How to make a revolution? Hungary


Exhibition Installation, Research And Documentary I.
Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo | Francis Alÿs. Children’s Games, (1999-2022), Mexico


Exhibition Installation, Research And Documentary II.
The History of Florianópolis | Estúdio Preto e Branco, Brazil


Media, Interpretation I.
Shanghai History Museum | Romanticism from the East, Beautiful Life Through History, China

Media, Interpretation II.
Museum of Ethnography | Headscarved, Hungary


Media, Education and Mediation
Estúdio Preto e Branco | Future Professions Quiz, Brazil


Museum Film, Animation, Interpretation
Museo Frida Kahlo | Posthumous letter to Frida Kahlo, Mexico


Museum Film, Animation, Education and Mediation
Estúdio Preto e Branco | What is Material Culture? Brazil


Mobile Application
Inclusivity and Sustainability
Nashwa Bohi and Mohamed Ismail Ibrahim | MuZtism, Egypt


Museums and the Web Awards 2023

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  • to be announced


2023 Webby Awards

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Websites and Mobile Sites / Cultural Institutions - Webby Winner

  • Q42, Fabrique & Rijksmuseum | Closer to Johannes Vermeer


Websites and Mobile Sites / Cultural Institutions - People's Voice Winner 

  • Guggenheim Bilbao Museum's New Web Site


Metaverse, Immersive & Virtual / Arts, Fashion, Retail & Culture - Webby Winner

  • Q42, Fabrique & Rijksmuseum | Closer to Johannes Vermeer


Metaverse, Immersive & Virtual, Best Installation or Experience - Webby Winner, People's Voice Winner

  • Dali Museum | The Dream Tapestry 


Websites and Mobile Sites, Science - Webby Winner

  • Science Museum Group | Wonderlab+


Apps, dApps and Software, Education & Reference - Webby Winner

  • Science Museum Group | Wonderlab AR


Metaverse, Immersive & Virtual, Best Experiential Design - Webby Winner

  • Bluecadet | MIT Museum


Websites and Mobile Sites, NetArt - People's Voice Winner

  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) | New Tab With MoMA


Social, Art & Culture - People's Voice Winner

  • Museo Nacional del Prado | The Prado Museum on TikTok


Heritage in Motion Awards 2023

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New Digital Experiences & Heritage in Motion Award 2023

  • Media Museum at Sound & Vision

Heritage Audiovisual

  • The New Dutch Waterline (The Netherlands)


Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) 2023

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Digital learning experience

Level A

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery | Arts Health Activity (6 episodes)

Level B

  • State Library of Queensland | Summer Reading Club


Level B

  • Museums Victoria | FlushBack Digital Quest


Program website

Level B

  • WA Museum Boola Bardip | WAnderland


Best in Show

  • Griffith University Art Museum | Richard Bell Reader: documenta fifteen


National Winner

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery | Overall excellence demonstrated through museum display, design and interpretation



Museums in Short Award 2023

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