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Awards 2015

Museum, heritage and conservation projects awarded in 2014




European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015

Category 1 - Conservation

  • Horta Museum, Brussels, Belgium

  • Home for Cooperation: Educational Centre in the Buffer Zone of Nicosia, Cyprus

  • Biblioteca Bardensis, Barth, Germany

  • Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, Italy

  • Teatro Sociale, Bergamo, Italy

  • Walser Houses: Preservation of Vernacular Architecture in Alagna Valsesia, Italy (Grand Prix)

  • Hovelsrud Villa, Helgøya Island, Nes på Hedmarken, Norway

  • Historical Route of the Lines of Torres Vedras, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Dragomirna Church's 17th Century Frescoes, Suceava, Romania Grand Prix, Public Choice Award

  • Cooperative Wineries Programme, Catalonia, Spain (Grand Prix)

  • Historical Landscape of El Sénia’s Ancient Olive Trees, Spain

  • Roman Bridge, Gate of the Bridge, Calahorra Tower and Surrounding Areas, Cordoba, Spain

  • Abbotsford: The Home of Sir Walter Scott, Melrose, United Kingdom


Category 2 - Research

  • Roman Vaulted Construction in the Peloponnese, Greece (Grand Prix)

  • Transylvanian Castle Gardens, Budapest, Hungary

  • Van Dyck in Spain, Madrid, Spain


Category 3 - Dedicated service

  • Gustav Klimt Memorial Society, Vienna, Austria

  • Kempens Landscape Association, Putte, Belgium (Grand Prix)

  • Iubilantes Association, Como, Italy


Category 4 - Education, training and awareness-raising

  • Cultural Heritage without Borders’ Regional Restoration Camps, Tirana, Albania

  • Passage: From a Rusty City to a New Miskolc, Hungary (Grand Prix)

  • The Coen Case, Hoorn, The Netherlands

  • ‘Encounters with Heritage’ Radio Programme, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Shaping 24: Promoting Heritage in Norwich and Ghent, United Kingdom and Belgium


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European Museum Forum


European Museum of the Year Award 2014

  • Museum of Innocence, Istanbul, Turkey


The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2014

  • Baksi Museum, Bayburt, Turkey


Kenneth Hudson Award 2014

  • Žanis Lipke Memorial, Riga, Latvia


Silletto Prize 2014

  • Saurer Museum, Arbon, Switzerland


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European Museum Academy


Micheletti Award 2014

  •  MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy


DASA Award 2014

  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger, Norway


2014 Children's Museums Award

  • National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen


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Art Fund Prize


Museum of the Year 2014

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom


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Norwegian Museum Association


Norwegian Museum Of The Year 2014

  • KODE Bergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway


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Museum Prijs / Prix de Musees / Belgium


Prix de musees 2014

  • Brussels:Museum of the City 

  • Flanders: Gallo-Romeins Museum, Tongeren

  • Wallonia: Musée provincial Félicien Rops, Namur


Prix du public 2014

  • Brussels: Museum of Musical Instruments

  • Flanders: Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp

  • Wallonia: MUseum of Fine Arts Liege


Prix de enfants 2014

  • Brussels: Autoworld

  • Flanders: Sint-Gasthuismuseum Dimpna Geel

  • Wallonia: Hospital of Our Lady Rose in Lessen


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Museums + Heritage Awards 2014


Best of the Best

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Customer Service Award

  • Rochford District Council, Rayleigh Windmill


International Award

  • National Archives, The Netherlands, Het Geheugenpaleis, The Memory Palace - with your head in the archives


Project on a Limited Budget

  • Haslemere Educational Museum, The 125th Anniversary Campaign


Restoration or Conservation

  • The Mary Rose Trust, The Mary Rose Museum


Temporary or Touring Exhibition

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, David Bowie is


The Winstan Bond Trophy for Trading + Enterprise

  • Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, Developing the Gift Shop and Cafe


Innovations Award

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A Digital Explorer Map


Marketing Campaign

  • Horniman Museum and Gardens, Walrus on the Move


Permanent Exhibition

  • The Mary Rose Trust, The New Mary Rose Museum


Educational Initiative

  • National Museums Liverpool, House of Memories - Northern Model


Culture Pros Pick

  • Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Kent


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Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2014

  • National Maritime Museum Cornwall, United Kingdom


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Intermuseum Russia laureates 2014


Intermuseum festival Grand-prix 

  • The State historical museum, Moscow


Museum in the Informational area 

  • The State museum-reserve Rostov Kremlin: "Rostov Suita", Rostov, Yeroslavl Region


Museum as a center for the regional development 

  • The State military historical and natural museum-reserve “Kulikovo field”, Tula region


Museum area – the art of creation

  • The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow


Museum area – to preserve and to popularize

  • Egorievsk historical and art museum, Egorievsk, Moscow region


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ICOM Russia Award 2014

  • Yaroslavl art museum: "Seminarists in the museum", Yaroslav

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Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds


BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs 2014

  • Klok & Peel Museum Asten, The Netherlands,


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International Institute of Conservation


Keck Award 2014

  • Royal British Columbia Museum: "The Chinese Freemason’s Lantern", Victoria, Canada


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Swedish Museum Association / ICOM Sweden


Swedish Museum of the Year 2014

  • Göteborgs stadsmuseum, Göteborg


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Heritage Education Trust

To be announced..

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International Design and Communication Awards 2014


Best Branding Campaign

  • The Museum Of Everything, United Kingdom


Best Logo

  • The Palestinian Museum, Palestine


Best Scenography For A Temporary Exhibition

  • Ting At Norsk Teknisk Museum By Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Norway


Best Scenography For A Permanent Collection

  • Wonder Rooms At Gemeentemuseum By Kossmann Dejong, The Netherlands


Best Temporary Exhibition Communications

  • Art By Chance At Bonniers Konsthall, Sweden


Best App

  • Touch Van Gogh By The Van Gogh Museum, The Netherlands


Best Website

  • The Museum Of Everything, United Kingdom  

Best Young Audience Campaign

  • Archeopark At Mardin Museum, Turkey


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Collections Trust Awards 2014


Collections Practice Award

  • Museum of London: “Unearthing London’s Boroughs”


Participatory Practice Award

  • Public Catalogue Foundation: “Your Paintings: Masterpieces in Schools”


Collections on a Budget Award

  • Hayle Oral History Project: Hayle Churcks app


Enterprise in Museums Winner

  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums: “Rapid Enterprise Initiative”


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David Manley Award

Emerging Entrepreneur Award 2014

  • The Little Museum of Dublin, Ireland

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Austrian Museum of the year 2014

  • Museum of Weaving - Textile Center Haslach, Haslach


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A S I A   &   P A C I F I C

Chinese Museums Association Awards


Most Innovative museums of China 2014

  • The Palace Museum, Beijing

  • Nanjing Museum, Nanjing City

  • Ningbo Museum, Ningbo


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Japanese Association of Museums


Prize of Encouragement 2014

  • Wakayama Prefectural Museum, Wakayama, Japan

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum, Okayama, Japan

  • Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, Hamamatsu, Japan


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Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities


Grand Prizes 2014

  • Rias Ark Museum of Art, Kesennuma, Japan

  • 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

  • Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art


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Japan Design Space Association


The Spatial Design Award 2014


Gold Award

  • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and NOMURA Co., Ltd., Nagoya, Japan


Jury Prize

  • The Server Jail for the Patient of a Leprosarium museum and TANSEISHA Co., Ltd. Maebashi, Japan


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Koizumi Fumio Memorial Archives


Koizumi Fumio Prize for Ethnomusicology (Koizumi Prize)

  • Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, Hamamatsu, Japan


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MAGNA Awards 2014


National Winner

  • Museum Victoria: "First Peoples"


Interpretation, learning & audience engagement

Level 1

  • Chinese Museum: "Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia"

Level 2

  • National Gallery of Australia: "Gold and the Incas"


Indigenous project or keeping place

Level 2

  • Cherbourg Historical Society Group: "The Ration Shed Museum"


Permanent Exhibitionor gallery fitout

Level 1

  •  Carnamah Historical Society: "Virtual Museum: to be known and distinguished as Carnamah"

Level 3

  • Museum of Brisbane: "The River: A History of Brisbane"

Level 4

  • Museum Victoria: "First Peoples"


Exhibition - Temporary / Travelling

Level 1

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery: "Opportunity Shop"

Level 2

  • Macquarie University Art Gallery: "Affinities: 7 Museums, 50 Objects"

Level 3

  • Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art: "Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth"

Level 4

  • Australian Museum: "Tyrannosaurs"


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2014 Victorian Museum Award


Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums

  • Creswick Museum for the exhibition 'Spirit of China in Creswick'


Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Small Museums

  • The Johnston Collection for the exhibition 'David McAllister Rearranges Mr Johnston's Collection'


The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums

  • National Wool Museum for 'Reminiscence Cottage'


Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums

  • State Library of Victoria for the exhibition 'Rome: Piranesi's Vision'


Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing

Volunteer-Run Organisations

  • Orbost and District Historical Society


Organisations with Paid Staff 

  • Victoria Police Museum


Military Memorabilia Collection 

  • Geelong RSL Sub-Branch


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IMAGinE awards 2014


Projects – Museums: Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

  • Tamworth Powerstation Museum: Quasquicentennial of Light: 1888 - 2013         


Projects – Museums: 3 - 10 paid staff

  • Albury LibraryMuseum: First Flight


Projects – Museums: 11 or more paid staff

  • Sydney Living Museums: Celestial City: Sydney's Chinese Story at the Museum of Sydney             


Projects - Gallery: 3 - 10 paid staff

  • Tweed Regional Gallery: Margaret Olley Art Centre and Re-creation of Margaret Olley's Studio


Projects - Gallery: 11 or more paid staff

  • Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with Campbelltown Arts Centre: Transforma (C3West)


Sustainability: Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

  • Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park: State Mine Partnerships        


Engagement: Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

  • Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio: Lacebook


Engagement: 3 - 10 paid staff

  • 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art: Vertical Villages


Engagement: 11 or more paid staff

  • Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre: 2013 Way out West Festival for Children


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New Zealand 2014 Museum Awards


Best Exhibition over 20.000$

  • Canterbury Museum: "RISE - Street Art"


Best Exhibition under 20.000$

  • Tauranga Art Gallery: "Corrugations: the art of Jeff Thomson"


Best Museum Project (activity)

  • Rotorua Museum: "On the Wing - Urban Release of the New Zealand Falcon"


Best Museum Project (museum)

  • MTG Hawke's Bay: MTG Hawke's Bay Redevelopment Project


Most innovative Public Programme

  • New Zealand Historic Places Trust and New Zealand Film Archive: "Reel Life in Rural New Zealand"


Most Innovative use of Te Reo

  • Hastings City Art Gallery: Te Taniwha


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UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation


Award of Distinction 2014

  • The restoration of the Saryazd Citadel, Yazd, Islamic Republic of Iran


Awards of Merit 2014

  • Exeter Farm, Glenwood, New South Wales, Australia

  • Shri Sakhargad Niwasini Devi Temple Complex, Kinhai Village, Maharashtra, India

  • Frankton Boatshed, Queenstown, New Zealand

  • Wak Hai Cheng Bio, Singapore

  • Phraya Si Thammathirat Residence, Bangkok, Thailand     

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N O R T H    A M E R I C A


American Alliance of Museums

Excellence in Exhibition Awards


Imaginative Design and Interpretation

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art: Design for the Modern Child

Innovative Integration of Design and Content  

  • Museum Victoria: "First Peoples", Melbourne, Australia

Exemplary Model of Creating Experiences for Social Engagement

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: "Jungle Trails", Ohio

Outstanding Connections Between Design, Content and Community Context

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles: Nature Lab, Calif.


EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming
  • Lincoln Park Zoo: Young Researchers Collaborative, Chicago

The Sustainability Excellence Award (SEA)

Facilities/Site and Operations

  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Ohio


  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh


  • The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

Honorable Mention

  • Museo Interactivo de Economia, Mexico City

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Institute of Museum and Library Services


National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2014 laureates

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill.

  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo.

  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn.

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.

  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Okla.

  • Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.


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Canadian Museums Association 2014 Awards

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Conservation

  • New Brunswick Museum: Conservation of Miller Brittain's Saint John Tuberculosis Hospital Mural Cartoons 


Award of Outstanding Achievement in Education

  • Museum of Vancouver: Sex Talk in the City


Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions

  • The Rooms: "From This Place: Our Lives on Land & Sea" and "Here, We Made a Home"


Award of Outstanding Achievement in Facility developement and Design

  • Space for Life: Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium 


Award of Outstanding Achievement inMarketing

  • Winnipeg Art Gallery: 100 Masters Only in Canada 


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Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!

  • Musées de la civilisation: "This Is Our Story: First Nations and Inuit in the 21st Century", Quebec City, Canada


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The Society for the History of Technology


Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits

  • "Collider," Science Museum, London, United Kingdom


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Trip Advisor


2014 Travelers' Choice - Top Museums of the World

  1. Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, United States

  2. National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), Mexico City

  3. State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

  4. The Getty Center, Los Angeles, United States

  5. Accademia Gallery, Florence, Italy


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Themed Entertainment Association


2014 Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement

  • De Vuurproef, Het Spoorwegmuseum (The Railway Museum), Utrecht, Netherlands

  • The Mind Museum, Taguig City, Philippines

  • Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland


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W E B   &   A / V


2014 MUSE Awards

Applications & APIs

  • Gold: President Lincoln's Cottage: Visitor Education Re-Vision (VERV) Application

  • Silver: Hello Design and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Nature at NHM

  • Bronze: Indianapolis Museum of Art: Graphite


Audio Tours and Podcasts

  • Gold: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: The Music Experience of This Land

  • Silver: USS Midway Museum and Antenna International: USS Midway Museum Access Tours

  • Bronze: Taiwan National Museum of Natural Science: Explore & Learn Pack


Digital Communities

  • Gold: The Field Museum: The Brain Scoop

  • Silver: Museum at FIT: A Queer History of Fashion

  • Bronze: Museum of Modern Art: Design and Violence


Education and Outreach

  • Gold: C&G Partners for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Some Were Neighbors

  • Silver: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: MFA for Educators

  • Bronze: Minnesota Historical Society : Play the Past


Games and Augmented Reality

  • Gold: Museum of Science and Industry: Future Energy Chicago

  • Silver: Techart group: The Square of Aspiration

  • Bronze: Museum Victoria: Build a Future City


Honeysett & Din Award

  • Gold:  Balboa Park Online Collaborative; Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd.; Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego; National Institute of Information and Communications Technology; University of California San Diego, PRIME: JFG Haiku Hunt

  • Silver: Museum of Modern Art: "Think Inside the Box”

  • Bronze: Corcoran College of Art + Design


Interactive Kiosks

  • Gold: WEATHERHEAD Experience Design Group for the Museum of History and Industry: Our Neighborhoods

  • Silver: Vancouver Aquarium: Anglerfish Interactive

  • Bronze:  Art Institute of Chicago: Renoir's True Colors: Science Solves a Mystery


Interpretive Interactive Installations

  • Gold: New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: The Hall of the Stars

  • Silver: National Palace Museum: Qianlong C.H.A.O. New Media Art Exhibition

  • Bronze: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh: XOXO Tone Phones


Mobile Applications

  • Gold: The New York Botanical Garden: Wild Medicine

  • Silver: Techart group: The Dream Time Machine

  • Bronze: Guggenheim Museum: Guggenheim App



Multimedia Installations

  • Silver: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: The Shuttle Atlantis

  • Bronze: The Field Museum: The World’s Fair Projections


Online Presence

  • Gold: Seattle Art Museum: Online Catalogue of Chinese Painting & Calligraphy

  • Silver: Museum of Modern Art: Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938

  • Bronze: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision: Na de bevrijding XL



  • Gold: The Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and the Hallwyl museum: Open Image Archive opens up 40,000 Swedish images


Public Outreach

  • Gold: Asian Art Museum: Operation: Lost Warrior


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MW2014 Best of the Web


Digital Exhibition




Innovative / Experimental






Museum Professional


Social Media


Best Small Museum Project


Rich Media


Research / Collections Online


People’s Choice


Best of the Web


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Heritage in Motion


Best Achievement Award 2014

  • Studio Base2 "Bologna: City of Water"


Websites and online content

  • Mapping Luxembourg: Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg and Archives nationales de Luxembourg with Mapping Luxembourg


Apps for mobile devices

  • Touch van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum. The Netherlands


Film and video

  • The Art and Meditation Project, Dog in Progress. Italy


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