19th (DIGITAL) Edition
In partnership with
International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Europa Nostra
with support of Creative Europe programme
dedicated to the memory of Kenneth Hudson OBE and Georges Henri Riviére

We remain dedicated to delivering the annual overview of best practices in museums, heritage and conservation.

We aim to generate some magic of our project in spite of the limited capacity of the digital edition. The goal is to offer insights into these award-winning achievements and share these further with the professional and civil society heritage community. In this transitory year we shall have the help of ICOM, our main partner, and Europa Nostra, itself an invaluable partner to the conference for years.


The Best in Heritage 2020 will therefore:

  • produce a series of forty-two video-link interviews with representatives of award-winning achievements from the past year, and releasing them periodically on our YouTube channel over the next months

  • release the keynote talks by the representatives of our two “Projects of Influence” for 2019:
    Mr. Ivor Crotty (#1917LIVE, #Romanovs100) & Ms. Monisha Ahmed (LAMO Centre)

  • publish the yearly conference publication in digital format available online

  • produce the conference poster exhibition and offer it freely to all interested parties as a printable, high-resolution file

  • ensure that there are “Project of Influence" recognitions given this year too, for IMAGINES and the core programme

  • include this year's edition contents in our browsable, online archive


So, do subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please make sure you receive our monthly newsletters and dig into our online archive while we prepare fresh additions.

Troubled times are the compulsory learning circumstances. During the long convergence of public memory institutions and actions, we are building a strong profession. The conference is proving, for the last 19 years, that we can build strong criteria of excellence. Times ahead may be harder but the best among us will improve, meet the challenge and show the way. The aim is simple as ever, - to make a world a better place and do so by the only alchemy given to our sector, - that of turning scientific knowledge into wisdom.

the best in heritage 2020 core programme shortlist

confirmed / to be confirmed

The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2019

  • Museum für Kommunikation, Bern, Switzerland


EMF Silletto Prize 2019

  • Strandingsmuseum St. George, Thorsminde, Denmark


EMF Kenneth Hudson Award 2019

  • Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria


EMA Micheletti Award 2019

  • Astra National Museum Complex, Sibiu, Romania


EMA DASA Award 2019

  • The Workers’ Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark


Children in Museums Award 2019

  • Kër ImagiNation, Dakar, Senegal


Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019

  • St Fagans National Museum of History, St Fagan, United Kingdom

Museums + Heritage Permanent Exhibition of the Year

  • SS Great Britain Trust: Being Brunel, United Kingdom

Canadian Museums Association Award for Art Exhibition / budget of over $1M

  • Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal: A Crack in Everything


National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2019

  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (Memphis, TN)


Museums + Heritage  Educational Initiative of the Year 2019

  • Leeds Museums & Galleries: Leeds Curriculum


Small Museum Category & Family Friendly Museum Award 2019

  • Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline


BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs 2019

  • Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands


Swedish Museum Association / ICOM Sweden Museum of the Year 2019

  • Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden


Museums Association United Kingdom Museums Change Lives Award 2019

  • Jewish Museum London: Jews, Money, Myth, London, United Kingdom


Collections Trust Award 2019

  • Oxford’s History of Science Museum & Pitt Rivers Museum: Multaka-Oxford


ICOM Russia Prize 2019

  • Danilov Art Gallery: Other Danilov. A fun guide, Danilov, Russia


Intermuseum Grand-prix 2019

  • State museum-reserve "Peterhof", St Petersburg, Russia


Japanese Museums Association Award 2019 

  • Chihiro Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


Chinese Association of Museums / Most Innovative Museums in China 2019

  • Beijing Auto Museum, Beijing


Chinese Association of Museums / Most Innovative Museums in China 2019

  • Tianjin Museum, Tianjin


Chinese Association of Museums / Most Innovative Museums in China 2019

  • China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou


2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation - Award of Excellence

  • Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts of Hong Kong SAR, China

APOM Best Museum in Portugal 2019

  • Museu Bienal De Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal

Norwegian Museum Of The Year 2019

  • Oslo Museum, Oslo, Norway

Finnish Museum of the Year 2019 

  • Satakunda Museum, Pori, Finland


European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 – Conservation Grand Prix 

  • The Queen Louise Adit Complex, Zabrze, Poland

European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 – Conservation 

  • The Portal of Glory, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 – Education, Training and Awareness-Raising Grand Prix

  • Stewards of Cultural Heritage, Germany

European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 - Conservation - public choice award

  • Fortified Settlement of Mutso, Georgia


European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 – Education, Training and Awareness-Raising  

  • Le Dimore del Quartetto, Milan, Italy


National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2019

  • New Children's Museum (San Diego, CA), United States


AAM EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming 2019

  • Hammer Museum: Classroom-in-Residence, Los Angeles, United States

IFLA / Systematic Public Library of the Year Award 2019

  • Oodi Library, Helsinki, Finland

the best in heritage IMAGINES 2020 shortlist
confirmed / to be confirmed

BEST of the GLAMi Awards Winner

  • Immersive technology and its integration with curatorial practice in Wonderland exhibition, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)


GLAMi Education Program

  • Getty Unshuttered, J. Paul Getty Museum


Heritage in Motion Best Achievement Award 2019

  • DigitaltMuseum.org – Museum collections online, Espen Andersen Nordenhaug


Heritage in Motion App 2019

  • ArchAIDE - #Archaeorevolutionisnow, Francesca Anichini


AVICOM F@IMP 2019 Grand Prix - Claude Nicole Hocqard prize of AVICOM

  • Magic Wall for travelling exhibition Sissy and Hungary by Hungarian National Museum


AVICOM Augmented Reality Gold 

  • HistoPad of the Airborne Museum (Sainte-Mère-Eglise, France) by Airborne Museum


AVICOM Creative Exhibition Installation Gold

  • Displaying Absent Artefacts by CULTNAT, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

MUSE Award 2019 for Mobile Experience Gold

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution: Hirshhorn Eye


MUSE Award 2019 for Research and Innovation Gold

  • National Soccer Hall of Fame: Facial Recognition Personalization Software 


MUSE Award 2019 for AR, VR, and Mixed Reality Gold

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: René Magritte: The Fifth Season Interpretive Gallery


Museums in Short Award 2019

  • Freud Museum London: “A Surreal Christmas" 


  • State Library of NSW: #NewSelfWales

Websites - Cultural Institutions / 2019 People's Voice / Webby Award Winner

  • Anne Frank House by N10

Shorty Social Good Award 2019 / Arts & Culture 

  • JFK Moonshot

Websites – Education 2019 Webby Award Winner

  • Smithsonian Learning Lab


Apps, Mobile, and Voice - Art & Experimental Webby 2019 People's Voice

  • David Bowie Is, by Planeta, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and The David Bowie Archive

Social - Education & Discovery2019 Webby Award Winner

  • The Field Museum Instagram Account by The Field Museum

European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 – Research Grand Prix

  • RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma, Germany

European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 – Research 

  • VERONA: Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access, Belgium

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