exhaustive list of projects awarded in 2016 globally


European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2016

Category Conservation  

  • Conversion of De Hoorn brewery into a creative hub, Leuven, Belgium

  • Byzantine Church of St. Peter in Kastania, Mani, Greece

  • Traditional Watermill in Agios Germanos, Prespes, Greece Grand Prix

  • The French Hospital in Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland

  • The Diocletian Baths: charterhouse and open-air pool, Rome, Italy

  • Museum Oud Amelisweerd in Bunnik, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  • Fort Kijkuit in Kortenhoef, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

  • Cathedral and Diocesan Museum in Santarém, Portugal

  • The King's Little Pathway in El Chorro gorge, Malaga, Spain Grand Prix & Public Choice Award

  • Six Churches in Lorca, Murcia, Spain

  • Knockando Woolmill in Aberlour, Moray, United Kingdom

  • Wimpole Hall’s Gothic Tower in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Grand Prix


Category Research and Digitization

  • Preservation of underwater archaeological sites, European project coordinated in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • ‘Granaries of Memory’, Bra, Italy

  • Digitisation of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center’s collection in Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Conservation study of the village Gostuša in Pirot district, Serbia Grand Prix

  • Prehistoric Picture Project. Pitoti: Digital Rock-Art, Cambridge, United Kingdom


Category Dedicated service

  • Employees and activists of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Grand Prix

  • Mrs. Giulia Maria Crespi, Milan, Italy Grand Prix

  • Friends of the Storfjord, Sunnmøre, Norway


Category Education, training and awareness-raising

  • ‘The Great War through the eyes of a child’, Roeselare, Belgium

  • ‘Star in School’, Karlovac, Croatia

  • ‘Adopt a Monument’, Tampere, Finland Grand Prix

  • Preserving and promoting dance heritage, Berlin, Germany

  • ‘The Little Museum of Dublin’, Dublin, Ireland

  • Cultural Heritage Education Programme: “Apprendisti Ciceroni”, Milan, Italy

  • Sustainable Development of Mourela Plateau, Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal

  • ‘Heritage Schools’, Bristol, United Kingdom


From European countries not taking part in the EU’s Creative Europe programme:


Category Dedicated Service

  • National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "Niasvizh", Niasvizh, Belarus

European Museum Forum

European Museum of the Year Award 2016

  • POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland


The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2016

  • European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk, Poland


Kenneth Hudson Award 2016

  • Micropia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Silletto Prize 2016

  • Vukovar City Museum, Vukovar, Croatia

European Museum Academy

Micheletti Award 2016

  •  Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark


DASA Award 2016

  • Micropia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Živa Award 2016

  • The Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor – Cricoteka

International Association for Children in Museums

Children in Museums Award 2016

  • GeoFort, Herwijnen, The Netherlands

Art Fund Prize

Museum of the Year 2016

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Norwegian Museum Association

Norwegian Museum Of The Year 2016

  • Vest-Agder Museum, Kristiansand, Norway

Museums + Heritage Awards 2016

Customer Service Award

  • Birmingham Conservation Trust, Customer Service to Die For: The Coffin Works Birmingham 


Project On A Limited Budget

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Dodo Roadshow


Restoration or Conservation

  • BECK and Cheshire West and Chester Council, Lion Salt Works Restoration


Temporary or Touring Exhibition

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty


The International Award

  • Horsens Museum and Kvorning Design & Communication, Horsens Prison Museum


Trading + Enterprise

  • Black Country Living Museum, Forging a Culture of Enterprise & Self Reliance at BCLM



  • Natural History Museum, David Attenborough's First Life: A Virtual Reality Experience


Marketing Campaign

  • Bodleian Libraries, Promotion of Bodleian Libraries' 12 millionth book - the 'lost Shelley Poem'


Permanent Exhibition

  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The Lister Project


Educational Initiative

  • Historic Royal Palaces, Movie Maker Mission


Volunteers of the Year Award

  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, Bobby Ogogo

  • RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, RNLI Henry Blogg Museum volunteers


Fundraiser of the Year

  • Biggar Museum Trust, Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2016

  • York Art Gallery, York, United Kingdom

Intermuseum 2016 / ICOM Russia Awards

The best project on work with the regional community

  • “3rd Ural biennale of contemporary art”. Alisa Prudnikova, Director of the Ural branch of the National Center of Contemporary arts, Yekaterinburg.


Intermuseum festival Grand-prix 

  • The State Darwin museum, Moscow


The best project on presentation and interpretation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage

  • “Boris Godunov – interpretations”, The Moscow Kremlin museums, Moscow


The best project in the sphere of museum education

  • The museum educational center “New Farm”, The State museum-reserve “Peterhof”, Saint-Petersburg


The best project oriented on work with the people with disabilities or special needs

  • The Project for Blind and Visually Impaired Children «Feeling the Palace », The Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, Saint-Petersburg


The best project aimed at social interaction

  • “Thematic conversation”, The State Yaroslavl museum-reserve, Yaroslav


Special award given by Youth jury of the Festival 

  • Museum of contemporary art PERMM, Perm

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs 2016

  • Camp Vught National Memorial, Vught, The Netherlands

Associação Portuguesa de Museologia - APOM 2016 Award

Portuguese Museum Award 2016​

  • Museu da Misericórdia, Porto, Portugal

Swedish Museum Association / ICOM Sweden

Swedish Museum of the Year 2016

  • Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Heritage Education Trust

Sandford Awards 2016

  • Beaulieu

  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

  • The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

  • Conisbrough Castle

  • Crich Tramway Village

  • Cromford Mills

  • DIG

  • The Dorman Museum

  • Durham Cathedral

  • Durham University Oriental Museum

  • Durham University Palace Green Library

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum

  • Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

  • Haslemere Educational Museum

  • Head of Steam- Darlington Railway Museum

  • Helston Museum

  • Holkham Estate

  • Horniman Museum and Gardens

  • Kensington Palace

  • King Richard III Visitor Centre

  • Knebworth House

  • Layer Marney Tower

  • Lincoln Castle

  • Lismore Castle Arts

  • London Canal Museum

  • The Mary Rose Trust

  • Museum of Hartlepool

  • Museum of Lincolnshire Life

  • Museum of London

  • National Museum of the Royal Navy

  • The Rosslyn Chapel Trust

  • Selly Manor Museum

  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

  • Stonehenge-English Heritage

  • Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood

  • Sulgrave Manor

  • Tamworth Castle

  • Tower Bridge Exhibition

  • Tower of London

  • Worcester cathedral

  • York Art Gallery

  • York Castle Museum

International Design and Communication Awards 2016

Best Branding Campaign

  • Gold - #GettyInspired by The Getty

  • Silver - SFMoMA brand identity by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • Bronze - The Museum of Australian Democracy / Old Parliament House Australia brand identity by MAXCO

  • Bronze - The Opéra national de Paris brand identity by Dream On


Best Temporary Exhibition Communications

  • Gold - Van Gogh's Bedrooms by the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Silver - International Pop by the Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Bronze - The Flying Poet, Santos Dumont by the Fundação Roberto Marinho


Best Scenography For A Temporary Exhibition

  • Gold - The Flying Poet, Santos Dumont by the Fundação Roberto Marinho

  • Silver - ZieZo Marokko at Tropenmuseum Junior Amsterdam by Kossmann.dejong

  • Bronze - Machinic Life at UAE Museum of the Future by Tellart


Best Scenography For A Permanent Collection

  • Gold - The Canadian Museum for Human Rights' scenography by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

  • Silver - Action Stations by the Australian National Maritime Museum

  • Bronze - The main exhibition of the Museum of Tomorrow by Museum of Tomorrow


Best App

  • Gold - JourneyMaker by the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Silver - M+ Sigg Collection app by M+, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

  • Bronze - Audio that Moves You by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


Best Website

  • Gold - The V&A website by the Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Silver - The New SFMOMA.Org by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • Bronze - The new website of the Opéra national de Paris by Dream On

Estonian Museum Awards 2016

Best Permanent Exhibition

  • Estonian National Museum


Best Exhibition

  • Estonian Health Care Museum: Natural Death


Best Scientific Project

  • Art Museum of Estonia: Rode Altarpiece in Close-up


Best Marketing Project

  • University of Tartu Museum


Enterprise Estonia Tourism Development Centre for the 2016 Most Visitor-Friendly Museum

  • Seto Farm Museum

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Keck Award 2016

  • Natural History Museum: Blue Whale Project, London, United Kingdom

2016 Icon Conservation Awards

To be announced ..

Historic England Angel Awards 2016

Best Community Action Project

  • Operation Nightingale


Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People

  • Frank James Hospital project


Best Rescue of a Heritage Site

  • The rescue of Aire Street, Goole


Best Research Project

  • Port Sunlight Village Trust and Wirral Borough Council: The Port Sunlight Local Listed Building Consent Order


Historic England Followers’ and Telegraph Readers’ Favourite

  • Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust Ltd for the community action project Clevedon Pier Visitor Centre

European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA 2015

Intervention in Existing Architectural Heritage

  • Ceuta Public Library, Spain, Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos

  • E/C house , Portugal, SAMI-Arquitectos studio


Exterior Spaces

  • Intervention in the environs of Caaveiro Monastery, Spain, Isabel Aguirre Urcola and Celestino García Braña


Urban Planning

  • Masterplan for the city of Monza, Ubistudio



  • Almeida/Ciudad Rodrigo – A fortificaçao da Raia Central, Fernando Cobos (Spain) and Joâo Campos(Portugal)

Soft Power Destination Awards 2016

Soft Power Organization

  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Canada

The Best in Heritage

IMAGINES Project of Influence 2016

  • DOMunder / Tinker Imagineers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The Best in Heritage Project of Influence 2016

  • Nuragic Sculptures of Monte Prama, Sardinia, Italy

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asia & pacific

Chinese Museums Association Awards

Most Innovative Museums of China 2016

  • GuangDong Provincial Museum, Guangzhou, GuangDong Province

  • Changzhou Museum, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province

Japan Institute of Architects

JIA Grand Prix 2016

  • Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan

MAGNA Awards 2016

National Winners

  • MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury)

  • National Museum of Australia: "Encounters: Revealing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum"


Interpretation, learning & audience engagement


Level 1

  • Museum Victoria and Princes Hill Primary School: Building Our School Museum: an emerging museum education practice

Level 2

  • North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum: Stradbroke 100 - Remembering North Stradbroke Islanders Overseas and at Home During the First World War

Level 3

  • Australian National Maritime Museum: The Voyage

Level 4

  • National Museum of Australia: Kspace


Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout


Level 1

  •  Hurstville Museum & Gallery: "St George Stories: people - places - community"

Level 2

  • Museums Australia - Mid North Coast Chapter: Waterways - Our Rivers Our History

Level 4

  • MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury)


Indigenous Project or Keeping Place


Level 1

  • Kiewa Valley Historical Society (KVHS): The First People of the Kiewa Valley and the Bogong High Plains

Level 2

  • Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery: Lore & Order

Level 4

  • Art Gallery of Western Australia: Desert River Sea

2016 Victorian Museum Awards

Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums

  • Stawell Historical Society


Archival Survival Award for Small Museums

  • Bonegilla Migrant Experience


The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums

  • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

  • Koorie Heritage Trust


Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums

  • Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Museum and Gallery Services Queensland

Organisations With Paid Staff



  • Museum of Brisbane for 100% Brisbane

  • Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council for Animating Spaces Logan: Arts in the Park



  • State Library of Queensland for Peace and Quiet


Organisations – Volunteer Run



  • Fassifern District Historical Society Inc. for War Memories including C.W.A. involvement



  • Surf World Gold Coast Inc. for Sharing the Stoke



  • Archer Park Rail Museum for Revitalisation of Archer Park Rail Museum

IMAGinE Awards 2016

Exhibition Projects – Galleries

  • Bega Valley Regional Gallery – Flora Australis: Australian Artists and the Floral Still Life

  • Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Mosman Art Gallery and S H Ervin Gallery – Destination Sydney

  • Campbelltown Arts Centre – With Secrecy and Despatch


Exhibition Projects – Museums

  • Narromine Aviation Museum – New Wing Exhibition

  • Fighter World Aviation Museum – Ejection Seat Display

  • Australian National Maritime Museum – Action Stations


Sustainability Programs

  • Blacktown Arts Centre – Blacktown Native Institution Project: Artist camps and corroboree


Engagement Programs

  • Saumarez Homestead, Armidale Folk Museum, The History House, McCrossin’s Mill, UNE Museums and Tamworth Powerstation Museum – Hidden Treasures: Capturing an Object

  • Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery – Lore & Order

  • Carriageworks – Solid Ground

ServiceIQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards

Regional Art

  • Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui: The Horses Stayed Behind


Regional Science and Technology

  • Te Manawa Museum: Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru


Regional Social History 

  • Pātaka Art + Museum: We Built This City: Porirua 50 Years Young


Regional Taonga Māori

  • Waikato Museum: E Ngā uri Whakatupu – Weaving Legacies: Dame Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa


Metropolitan Art

  • Auckland Art Gallery: Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected]


Metropolitan Science & Technology

  • Otago Museum for Beautiful Science Gallery


Metropolitan Social History (Joint winners)

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli: The scale of our war

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum for Taku Tāmaki


Metropolitan Taonga Māori

  • Otago Museum: Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu


ServiceIQ Best Museum Visitor Experience

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum: Gallipoli in Minecraft®


Most Innovative Public Programme

  • City Gallery Wellington: Poi E/Thriller flash-mobs to support Candice Breitz exhibition


Best Museum Project (Joint winners)

  • Pearson & Associates: Kaiapoi Museum

  • Waitangi Museum: Te Kōngahu - The Museum of Waitangi


Philips Selecon Award

  • Otago Museum: Perpetual Guardian Planetarium