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exhaustive list of projects awarded in 2020 globally

Every year in December, the organizers propose a handpicked list of projects, out of multitude of them. They have all received a prize during that year (preceding the conference at which they will be shown); the list is then approved by the Advisory Board and partners. This final selection contains 28 projects in the core programme and 14 projects in the preceding multimedia / new technologies segment IMAGINES


European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020

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Category Conservation

  • Rubens’ Garden Screen and Garden Pavilion, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Hvar’s Arsenal, Croatia

  • Epitaphs of the University Church of Leipzig, Germany

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

  • Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, L’Aquila, Italy

  • LocHal, Tilburg, The Netherlands

  • Subterranean Caves and Wineries of El Cotarro, province of Burgos, Spain

  • The Iron Bridge, Shropshire, United Kingdom


Category Research

  • Tramontana Network III, France/Italy/Poland/Portugal/Spain

  • Turin Papyrus Online Platform (TPOP), Italy

  • Scanning for Syria, The Netherlands


Education, Training and Awareness-Raising

  • Cross-border Collaboration for European Classical Music, Czech Republic

  • Arolsen Archives Online, Germany

  • The Secret Life of a Palace, Gödöllő, Hungary

  • Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation, Hungary

  • Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, Poland/Spain

  • The Ambulance for Monuments, Romania


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


Category Conservation

  • Manor Farm of Bois de Chênes, Switzerland


Category Dedicated Service

  • Société de Lecture, Geneva, Switzerland


Education, Training and Awareness-raising

  • SARAT – Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey, Turkey


European Museum Forum

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The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2020

  • National Museum of Secret Surveillance “House of Leaves”, Tirana, Albania 


European Museum of the Year, Silletto Prize, Kenneth Hudson and Portimão Museum Award winners 2020 
will be announced in 2021


European Museum Academy

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Micheletti and DASA Award winners 2020 will be announced in 2021


Art Fund Prize

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Museums of the Year 2020

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

  • Gairloch Museum, Gairloch

  • Science Museum, London

  • South London Gallery, London

  • Towner Eastbourne, East Sussex


Museums + Heritage Awards

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Innovation of the Year

  • Harewood House Trust with Davy and Kristin McGuire | A Night at the Mansion


Volunteer Team of the Year

  • Worsbrough Mill Youth Action Volunteers Barnsley Museums


Sustainable Project of the Year

  • Museum of Oxford | Queering Spires: a history of LGBTIQA+ spaces in Oxford


Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year

  • London Transport Museum Hidden London Exhibition


Shop of the Year – turnover more than £500k

  • The National Trust for Scotland Transforming Retail at Culloden Battlefield


Shop of the Year – turnover less than £500k

  • The Charleston Trust Created for Charleston


Restoration/Conservation Project

  • Plymouth City Council (The Box) and Orbis Conservation | The Box Naval Figureheads Collection


Permanent Exhibition of the Year

  • English Heritage | Tintagel Castle Bridge & Landscape Project


Partnership of the Year

  • York Art Gallery and Kaiser Chiefs When All is Quiet | Kaiser Chiefs in Conversation with York Art Gallery


Marketing + Communications Strategy of the Year

  • Imperial War Museum North | Yemen: Inside a Crisis


Limited Budget Project of the Year

  • Horniman Museum and Gardens| Beat Plastic Pollution


Learning Programme of the Year

  • Leeds Museums and Galleries Careers for All | meaningful work experience for young people with additional needs


The International Project of the Year > £1m

  • OMM - Odunpazarı Modern Museum


The International Project of the Year < £1m

  • Studio Louter, OPERA Amsterdam and The Mauritshuis Shifting Image | In Search of Johan Maurits




ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2020

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  • Archaeology for a young future, Italy/Syria

  • TYPA - Estonian Print and Paper Museum, Tartu, Estonia


Family Friendly Museum Award From Home 2020

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Best Film

  • Cooper Gallery, Barnsley | Wow Wednesdays


Best Social Media Activity

  • National Museum Wales | Minecraft your Museum


Best Website Activity

  • National Videogame Museum, Sheffield | Create Your Own Pixel Art Character


Best International Digital Activity

  • The Glucksman, Republic of Ireland | Creativity at Home


Going the Extra Mile

  • The Whitworth, Manchester | Still Parents


Hands on! International Association for Children in Museums

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The 2020 judging process is postponed to 2021


ICOM Russia Award 2020

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  • Orenburg Regional Museum of Fine Arts, Orenburg, Russia



Intermuseum 2020 Awards

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Intermuseum Grand-Prix 2020

  • Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow, Russia


BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs 2020

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  • Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands



Associação Portuguesa de Museologia

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Museu de Fotografia da Madeira – Atelier Vicente’s, Funchal, Portugal




Swedish Museum Association / ICOM Sweden

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Museum of the Year 2019

  • Sörmlands museum, Nyköping


Finnish Museums Association

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Museum of the Year 2020 will be announced in 2021 



Estonian Museum Awards 2020

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To be announced


Museums Association United Kingdom

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Best Lockdown Project

  • Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books | Supporting Families in Byker During Lockdown


Best Museums Change Lives Project

  • National Museums Northern Ireland in collaboration with Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland Museums Council, and Northern Ireland Screen | Reimagine, Remake, Replay


Best Small Museum Project

  • Dylan Thomas Centre | Literature and Trauma


Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2020

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Industrial Heritage

1st Prize

  • Alūksne Bānītis station Multimedia Expo | Aluksne Tourism Information center, Latvia

2nd Prize

  • Hg Smelting Plant – Heritage of Mercury | Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre, Slovenia

3rd Prize

  • Līgatne Paper – Mill workers village | Culture and Tourism Centre of Līgatne municipality, Latvia

Maritime, Coastal and Aquatic Heritage                 

1st Prize

  • Via Francigena of the South | European Association of the Via Francigena ways EAVF, Italy

2nd Prize

  • Towering Tales of the Sea Exhibition | Foundation Estonian Maritime Museum, Estonia

3rd Prize

  • Araisi Lake Fortress | by Amata Municipality, Latvia


Innovation & Digitisation for Sustainable Cultural Tourism Towards Smart Destinations

1st Prize

  • BlueMed Underwater Museums and Knowledge Awareness Centers | Region of Thessaly, Greece

2nd Prize

  • Tholos VR Theatre | Foundation of the Hellenic World, Greece

3rd Prize:

  • Museo do Côa | Côa Park Fundation, Portugal

Transnational Thematic Tourism Products, Including Cultural Routes

1st Prize

  • Historic Cafés in the Iberian Peninsula | Associação dos Cafés com História de Portugal (Portuguese Historic Cafés Association), Portugal and Spain

2nd Prize

  • Vilar Formoso | Câmara Municipal de Almeida, Portugal

Wine Tourism

1st Prize

  • Vineyard Retreats | The vineyard cottages consortium, Slovenia

Joint 2nd Prize

  • Wine Routes of Moldova | National Inbound Tourism Association of Moldova (ANTRIM), Moldova

  • Armenian Ancient Viticulture and Winemaking Traditions Revival | Areni-1 Cave Scientific-Research Foundation, Armenia


Collections Trust Award 2020

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To be announced



The Society for the History of Technology

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Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits 2020 will be announced in 2021


Asia & Pacific
asia & pacific

Chinese Museums Association

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Most Innovative Museums in China Award 2020

  • ​Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu

  • Palace Museum of the Manchurian Regime, Changchun

  • Jiangxi Provincial Museum, Nanchang


2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

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Award of Excellence

  • Sunder Nursery, New Delhi, India


Award of Distinction

  • Koothambalam at Guruvayoor Temple, Thrissur, Kerala, India


Award of Merit
Pingyao Diesel Engine Factory, Shanxi, China

  • Amar Singh College, Srinagar, India

  • Malabari Hall Building, Seva Sadan Society, Mumbai, India


New Design in Heritage Contexts

  • Protective Shelter at the Locality 1 Archaeological Site of Zhoukoudian Peking Man Cave World Heritage Site, Beijing, China


Special Recognition for Sustainable Development

  • Lai Chi Wo Rural Cultural Landscape of Hong Kong SAR, China

  • Sunder Nursery, New Delhi, India 


Japanese Association of Museums Award 2020

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  • Showa Era Life Style Museum, Kitanagoya


2020 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

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To be announced


2020 Victorian Museum Awards

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To be announced


2020 New Zealand Museum Awards

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2020 awards are deferred to 2021


IMAGinE Awards 2020

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Innovation & Resilience – Galleries / Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

  • Pari | Gallery Warming


Innovation & Resilience – Galleries / 3-10 paid staff

  • Goulburn Regional Art Gallery | Of hope and longing – Sidney McMahon


Innovation & Resilience – Galleries / 11+ paid staff

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales | Faboriginal: Australia’s deadliest art game show


Innovation & Resilience – Museums / Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

  • Port of Yamba Historical Society | Yaegl Cultural Garden as part of the Enhancement of Yamba Museum Precinct


Innovation & Resilience – Museums / 3-10 paid staff

  • Bathurst Rail Museum | New Museum


Innovation & Resilience – Museums / 11+ paid staff

  • Sydney Living Museums | Convict Love Tokens Live Virtual Event


Imagination Award 2020

  • Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery | Culture Hub

  • Fairfield City Museum & Gallery | Living the Past Digital Project

  • Griffith Pioneer Park Museum | Vintage Voices – Tune in to Griffith’s History

  • New Italy Museum | The New Italy Heritage Trail

  • Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre | Margaret Olley Children’s Book



2020 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA)

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Indigenous Project or Keeping Place - Level 1

  • Mosman Art Gallery | Three Views


Indigenous Project or Keeping Place - Level 2

  • Bay Discovery Centre | Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together)


Indigenous Project or Keeping Place - Level 3

  • Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA) | Belonging, Contemporary Indigenous Art from Far North QLD 


Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout - Level 2

  • Shire of West Arthur | Betty Brown Historical Centre 


Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout - Level 3

  • Tweed Regional Museum: Land | Life | Culture


Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout - Level 4

  • Australian Sports Museum | Australian Sports Museum Refresh 

  • Sydney Living Museums | Hyde Park Barracks Renewal


Research - Level 1

  • QUT and QUT Art Museum | Vis-ability: Artworks from the QUT Art Collection 


Research - Level 2

  • Museum and Art Gallery of the NT | New species of rainbowfishes from northern Australia: discovery through collections-based research and citizen science


Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement - Level 1

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery | Stories from Wonnarua Country


Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement - Level 2

  • Art Gallery of South Australia | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in the classroom programs and resources 


Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement - Level 4

  • Museums Victoria | Road to Zero Education Complex @ Melbourne Museum


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition - Level 1

  • Hurstville Museum & Gallery | School Days


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition - Level 2

  • State Library of NSW | Eight Days in Kamay


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition - Level 3

  • Sydney Living Museums & State Archives of NSW | Songs of Home


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition - Level 4

  • Art Gallery of South Australia | Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 2019


National Winner

  • Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together) | Bay Discovery Centre


ICCROM-Sharjah Awards 2020

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ICCROM-Sharjah Grand Prix 2020

  • The Rehabilitation of Souk Al-Saqatiya, Aleppo, Syria 

  • The preservation of the Manuscripts Collection of the Great Omari Mosque Library, Gaza, Palestine


Honorary Award for excellence in community work 2020

  • “Al-Ouneh Project for Heritage Sites: Rehabilitation and Revitalisation of the Old town of Hajja, Qalqilya”, Palestine


Recognition of Excellence Award for Private Initiatives 2020

  • “Bayt Yakan: Heritage, Development, Community & Sustainability” in Historic Cairo, Egypt


Recognition of Excellence Award for Archaeological Sites 2020

  • “Restoration of the Ancient Nabatean Flood Control System” in Petra, Jordan


Honorary Award for the “Museums and Documentation” 2020

  • “Abydos Temple Paper Archive Project” in Egypt


north america

American Alliance of Museums

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EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming 2020

  • History Unfolded | United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC


EdCom Award for Excellence in Resources 2020

  • Five Ways In: Family Activity Guides in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

EdCom Award for Innovation in Museum Education 2020

  • The Tech Academies | The Tech Interactive, San Jose, CA

The Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) 2020 

  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA


Award for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion 2020

  • To be announced


National Association for Museum Exhibition's Excellence in Exhibition Awards 2020

  • Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches | Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario

  • Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall | National Geographic Museum, Washington, DC


Institute of Museum and Library Services

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National Medals for Museum and Library Service 2020

  • To be announced


Canadian Museums Association Awards 2020

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CMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement


  • Les musées du Québec. Des émotions à partager | Société des musées du Québec (Montreal, QC)


New Media

  • Personnages historiques virtuels [virtual historical figures] |Francine Lelièvre, Pointe-à-Callière, Cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montreal (Montreal, QC)



  • Indigenous History in Burnaby Resources Guide | Burnaby Village Museum and the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Burnaby, BC)


Research in the art sector:

  • A-Health, Nathalie Bondil | Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (Montreal, QC)


Research in the cultural heritage sector:

  • Museum Activism | Robert R. Janes (Co-editor, Routledge; Visiting Fellow, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK & Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Museum Management and Curatorship, Routledge) and Richard Sandell (Co-editor, Routledge; Professor of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK)


For research in the science sector:

  • Writing sound with a human ear: reconstructing Bell and Blake’s 1874 ear phonautograph | Tom Everrett, Ingenium (Ottawa, ON)


Exhibition in the art sector (budget over $1 million):

  • Fugitives! | Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec, QC)


Exhibitions in the cultural heritage sector (budget less than $1 million):

  • Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest | Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (Vancouver, BC)


Exhibitions in the cultural heritage sector (budget over $1 million):

  • Shadows, Strings, and Other Things: the Enchanting Theatre of Puppets | Dr. Nicola Levell, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)


Museum Volunteer Award, in partnership with the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums

  • The Volunteers of l’Association canadienne d’histoire ferroviaire, Exporail | the Canadian Railway Museum (Saint-Constant, QC).

Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Young Curators Award

  • Halifax’s Young Curator: A BIPOC Curatorial Internship at the MSVU Art Gallery, with support from Dalhousie Art Gallery and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (Halifax, NS)


Multimedia & New Technologies
multimedia and new technologies

Museums and the Web Awards 2020

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Best of the GLAMi Awards!

  • Unmute Art Pietrasanta basilic – Arthemisia


Behind The Scenes (only one finalist)

  • Galt Museum Website: Content and Booking Automation: Galt Museum & Archives


Education Program

  • The Magic STEAM Train Project: National Palace Museum


Exhibition Media or Experience: Gallery Interactive

  • Map-o-Matic: State Library Victoria


Exhibition Media or Experience: Immersive Media (AR/VR/Environmental)

  • Casa Azul Immersive Room: North Carolina Museum of Art


Exhibition Media or Experience: Linear Media

  • Reverberations: Gorham Silver: RISD Museum


Exhibition or Collection Extension: Non-Web

  • Smithsonian Open Access: Smithsonian Institution


Exhibition or Collection Extension: Web

  • War Lives (Oorlogslevens): Dutch Network for War Collections


Marketing And Promotion

  • Getty of Thrones: J. Paul Getty Trust


Museum-Wide Guide or Program

  • Unmute Art Pietrasanta basilic – Arthemisia


2020 MUSE Awards

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AR/VR/Mixed Reality


  • Back to the City of the Sun via Augmented Reality | Cahokia Mounds Museum Society, Schwartz & Associates


  • NASCAR Hall of Fame Engine AR | NASCAR Hall of Fame, Cortina Productions


  • Apollo Landing Site Panoramas in VR | Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Digital Campaign 


  • Urban Archive | Museum of the City of New York, Urban Archive


  • Getty of Thrones | J. Paul Getty Trust


  • NYBG | The New York Botanical Garden

Enterprise Technology


  • Trams and Tech: A Data Journey with the Museum of Transport and Technology | Museum of Transport & Technology, Dexibit

Mobile App


  • Walking Cinema: Museum of the Hidden City Mobile App | National Endowment for the Humanities, Walking Cinema


  • Message Máximo | Field Museum

iCoBo | National Museum of Natural Science

  • The Jewish Museum Mobile App | The Jewish Museum

Online Experience


  • Bauhaus: Building the New Artist | Getty Research Institute


  • Smart Museum – The Allure of Matter | Smart Museum of Art

Onsite Digital Experience


  • The Epitome of Aesthetics – New Media Art Exhibition | National Palace Museum


  • Climate Converter | Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, DOTDOT


  • Red Team at the International Spy Museum | International Spy Museum


  • Vietnam on Tape | Bullock Texas State History Museum


  • On the Record at the National Archives | The National Archives, Better Lemon Creative Audio


  • Q & Abe: A Podcast at President Lincoln’s Cottage | President Lincoln’s Cottage

Research & Innovation

  • The UniDescription Project: Increasing Empirical Understanding of Audio Description with People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired | University of Hawaii at Manoa


  • Virtual Fashion Archive | The Museum at FIT


  • Wandering at Ancient Sazum | National Palace Museum

Video, Film, Animation, & Live Media Or Digital Performance


  • Spit Spreads Death: The Parade | Mütter Museum, Blast Theory


  • Apollo 50: Go for the Moon | Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum


  • Rotunda Film at the Atlanta History Center | Atlanta History Center, Cortina Productions


SHORTY Awards 2020

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Cultural Institution

  • Museum’s Closure Due to COVID-19 Opens New Opportunity to Teach Holocaust History | United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

News & Media - Gold

  • Lessons of Auschwitz: VR tribute by school students | RT

Documentary Short - Gold

  • Lessons of Auschwitz: VR tribute by school students | RT


2020 Webby Awards

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Cultural Institutions

  • Harvard Film Archive


Cultural Institutions - Website
People's Voice Winner

  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

  • Crafted with Code: Read the Stories Behind the Build


SOCIAL - Art&Culture
People's Voice Winner

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts


Heritage in Motion

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Best Achievement Award 2020

  • Digital and audiovisual solutions in Fat Margaret permanent exhibition "Towering Tales of the Sea" | Estonian Maritime Museum Foundation


Film & Video

  • The Pincer Jaws of Heaven at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre | Martello


Games & Interactive experiences

  • The Aztec Sun Stone 3D videomapping | Rik Herder



  • Please Touch! An inclusive art experience powered by ARCHES | Moritz Neumüller


  • Culture in Crisis Portal | Laura Jones


Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) 2020

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BEST IN SHOW - Multimedia
Museums Victoria | River Connections


BEST IN SHOW - Publication
National Gallery of Victoria | Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic


Institution Website
Level A
Monash University Museum of Art Website

Program Website
Level A
Museum of Brisbane | Brisbane Art Design
Level B
Sydney Living Museums | Hyde Park Barracks website


Exhibition Branding
Level A
Museum of Brisbane | Brisbane Art Design
Level B
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia | Cornelia Parker


Level A
Geelong Gallery | Geelong Gallery branding identity


Level A
The Anzac Memorial | The Anzac Memorial's Hall of Service digital interactive
Level B
Museums Victoria | River Connections


Museums in Short Awards 2020

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Best Storytelling Video and Winner of Museums in Short Award 2020

  • Man creates man | Diachronic Museum, Larissa, Greece


Best Audiovisual Exhibit Award 2020

  • Hands of Time | Russian Railway Museum, St Petersburg, Russia


Best Trailer Award 2020

  • The Power of a Name by EPIC | The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin, Ireland


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