laureates featured in 2020



Smithsonian Learning Lab

Websites – Education 2019 Webby Award Winner

The Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world's largest museum, education, and research complex within reach. The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning. The Learning Lab supports more than a million educators and students as they discover and integrate the vast resources of the Smithsonian into their teaching and learning. The Lab received the 2019 Webby Award for Best Education Website from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Freud Museum London: “A Surreal Christmas"

Museums in Short Award 2019

20 Maresfield Gardens, London was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter, Anna, the pioneer of child psychoanalysis. The Freud family came here in 1938, after fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna. They were glad to escape with their lives. It was an unexpected blessing that their possessions followed after them, including Freud’s psychoanalytic couch and collection of over 2,000 antiquities. Here he re-created his consulting room much as it had been in Vienna, and took up his professional practise until his death in September 1939.

State Library of NSW: #NewSelfWales

MAPDA Multimedia Level B Best in Show - MULTIMEDIA

In 2018 the DX Lab, at the State Library of NSW in Australia, asked people across the state to share their portraits on Instagram and via an in-gallery photo booth at the community-generated, immersive exhibition called #NewSelfWales. This award-winning, live data feed, utilising web technologies, resulted in over 7000 portraits taken in the selfie booths, 1000 portraits from Instagram and over 5000 from the Library’s collection collected over 200 years. 

ArchAIDE - #Archaeorevolutionisnow

Heritage in Motion App 2019

Every day, archaeologists are working to discover the past, identifying thousands of ceramic fragments manually, in an extremely time-consuming activity. The EU-funded ArchAIDE project has introduced an “archaeo-revolution” through the creation of a new App that is able to automatically identify pot-sherds through a photo, using Artificial Intelligence. The ArchAIDE system matches the fragment to a comparative collection,  activates an automatic recognition system, and gives the classification of the fragment in few seconds. All the information is stored within an online database, allowing each new discovery to be shared.

Field Museum Instagram Account

2019 Webby Award / Social - Education & Discovery

The Field Museum’s Instagram account invites social media users in. It piques curiosity, invites conversation, and reveals the natural history enthusiast in us all. By using approachable language, pop-culture references, captivating imagery, and a gregarious voice, the Instagram account vivifies the mission of an institution over 125 years old. But more importantly, it lowers the barriers to an all-too-often intimidating world and shows that science is for everyone. The Field Instagram won the Webby Award in the Education & Discovery category in 2019.

Airborne Museum HistoPad

AVICOM Augmented Reality Gold Prize 2019

Released in May 2018, the Airborne Museum HistoPad, a digital tablet given to all visitors to the Museum, offers a spectacular immersion in the key moments of D-Day, from Sainte-Mère-Eglise under the German occupation to the fierce combat on Kellam Bridge, also including the landing of the gliders in Normandy, and live parachuting over the church square with the paratroopers. Throughout their visit, visitors can also manipulate a selection of artefacts on display in the Museum to understand how they were used.

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

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

In 2017, the Hungarian National Museum started a grand touring exhibition, titled “Sissi and Hungary”. The exhibition attracted more than 2.7 million visitors during its 12-month run. To augment the exhibition’s physical material, the Museum decided to employ a highly immersive, crowd-interactive technology, the Magic Wall. The technology was used by almost 4000 visitors daily, generating millions of downloads and statistical feedback. This use of the Magic Wall has started a revolution, with hundreds of museums subsequently opting for its use in both domestic and international outbound exhibitions.

JFK Moonshot

Shorty Social Good Award 2019 / Arts & Culture

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission, the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, along with Digitas, created JFK Moonshot—a fully-synchronized augmented reality re-creation of Apollo 11, where every moment, maneuver, and milestone unfolded in real time, second-by-second, precisely 50 years later.

Wonderland Exhibition by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

BEST of the GLAMi Awards 2019 Winner

ACMI presents Wonderland, the first ever large-scale immersive exhibition celebrating the timeless stories of Lewis Carroll and Alice’s adventures on screen. Drawing together a remarkable selection of behind-the-scenes material and immersive technologies, Wonderland follows the Alice stories from page to screen and the growth of Alice herself as an enduring cultural icon. Made in Melbourne by the team at ACMI, this entirely original exhibition brings the museum’s extensive curatorial and creative expertise together with a leading team of Australian collaborators to create an interactive experience charting the evolution of special effects; from pre-cinema and silent films, to animation, puppetry, live action and CGI.

Anne Frank House by N10

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

The Anne Frank House website shows the three-fold mission of the Anne Frank House, which is to preserve Anne Frank’s hiding place and open it to the public, to tell Anne Frank’s history, and to educate about the dangers of antisemitism, racism and discrimination, and the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy. The website is designed between 2016 and 2018 by DOOR/IN10 and built by Maykin Media, the technical developer.

VERONA: Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access

European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 – Research

The VERONA project (Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access) by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) facilitates new, global research on the paintings of Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-1441) and his workshop by making high-quality, standardised technical images of the paintings available online in open access on the website Closer to Van Eyck.

GEED Inclusive Digital Platform / Fine Arts and Archaeology Museum Besançon / LIVDEO

Museums and the Web GLAMi Awards 2019 for Behind-the-Scenes

The goal was to offer a homogeneous user experience between the different mediation tool, without any constraints for visitors and according to their linguistic preferences or disability. The use of a single management back office and unified UI components guarantees visitors the same principles of use and the same handling with the screens, on their own devices or on touch screens. Livdeo’s platform also integrates an automated import module for wall descriptions processing, automated translation, text-to-speech generation, and machine learning for artworks recognition.

Radiophonic Spaces

Heritage in Motion Award 2019 / Games & Interactive Experiences

The touring exhibition Radiophonic Spaces – a sonic journey through radio art presented current and historical positions spanning 100 years of international radio art. Using headphones and specially programed smartphones, visitors move through the curated collection choosing individual works from over 200 sound exhibits, becoming themselves human radio frequency needles. A digital Mindmap on Radio Art allows visitors to delve deeper into the backgrounds of radio production and its cultural history. Through an interplay of sound and space, 100 years of radiophony could be experienced on a sonic, sensory journey.

Photo Positioning Puzzle – Old Narva

GLAMi Award 2019 – Education and Collection Extension/Non-website

The Old Narva simulation was developed in the Cross Motion project and employs gamification to AR storytelling. Gameplay conventions are drawn from traditional analog games (Hot & Cold game & Jigsaw Puzzle). These are combined with elements from rephotography thus creating a puzzle where the user needs to find the position of several historical photographs of Old Narva before its complete destruction during WW2. When all the positions are found the lost baroque town of Narva in Estonia reappears and visitors can explore the history of the historic Raekoja Plats – the own hall square.

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Satakunta Museum, Pori, Finland

Finnish Museum of the Year 2019

Satakunta Museum is the regional museum of Satakunta, located in Pori, South West Finland. The Museum was founded in 1888 and it is one of the oldest museums in Finland. The Museum has four branches: The Cultural Historical Museum Satakunnan Museo, The Ark Nature Center, The Building and Preservation Center Toivo and Rosenlew Museum, which concentrates on the industrial heritage of the region. Satakunta Museum serves as an expert and authority in matters related to the protection of the local cultural environment in the region, but also steers, supports and develops the region's local museums and heritage work.

Beijing Auto Museum, Beijing, China

Chinese Association of Museums / Most Innovative Museums in China 2019

The Beijing Auto Museum is a Science & Technology-based, non-profit museum. The Museum follows a standardized management system, provides an innovative management mode for Chinese museums and is recognized as the first national-level demonstration organization for service standardization in Chinese museum domain. The Museum explores the integrated development of science communication, culture activities and tourism and promotes the exchanges of auto-culture between China and other countries of the world.

Le Dimore del Quartetto, Milan, Italy

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

Le Dimore del Quartetto addresses the need for suitable spaces for young, professional musicians.
The organisation connects young string quartets with the owners of historic houses. This mutually beneficial relationship provides an adequate space for the ensemble to study and practice their arts and the quartet returns the hospitality by performing a concert in the house. This format allows villas to become centres of culture, inviting people to appreciate classical music, as well as the often hidden heritage of privately owned historic houses. It also supports musicians in the early phase of their career.

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

AAM EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming 2019

The Hammer Museum is part of the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, and offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art. It holds more than 50,000 works in its collection, including one of the nation’s finest collections of works on paper. Through a wide-ranging, international exhibition program and its Made in L.A. biennial, the Hammer highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. The exhibitions, collections, and hundreds of programs presented annually are all free to the public.

Leeds Museums & Galleries: Leeds Curriculum, United Kingdom

Museums + Heritage Educational Initiative of the Year 2019

Leeds Museums and Galleries led a city-wide consortium of over 50 arts, cultural and community organisations and over 30 primary schools to co-create the Leeds Curriculum. The Curriculum provides primary teachers with the resources they need to teach using a place-based, local approach to teach any subject and any age group. It took two years to develop, launched in June 2018, and is reaching around 10,000 schoolchildren. The Curriculum is openly and freely accessible on, a website hosting free national teaching resources.

Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria

EMF Kenneth Hudson Award 2019

The Weltmuseum Wien has always been dedicated to non-European cultures. The world has always been characterised by cultural diversity. The boundaries to what is foreign are broken down by the knowledge of our common human existence. The Weltmuseum Wien strives to have its visitors leave the Museum with the experience of human universality. The Weltmuseum Wien takes a critical look into its own past. Some of what can be admired in our exhibitions was collected under entanglement with colonial circumstances. It is, therefore, all the more important for us to be self-critical.

Chihiro Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Museums Association Award 2019

The Chihiro Art Museum, considered to be the world’s first art museum dedicated to picture books, was established in 1977 to commemorate Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974), a Japanese artist renowned for her paintings and illustrations which appeared in picture books, illustrated magazines, and textbooks. Currently, the Museum’s collection consists of nearly 27,200 pieces created by 207 artists from 34 countries and regions. The two museums in Tokyo and in Nagano prefecture are operated by the Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation with the mission to bring “peace and happiness to the children” and facilitate the “development of picture book culture”.

The Portal of Glory, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 – Conservation

The Barrié Foundation is a private foundation established and endowed in 1966 by the entrepreneur Pedro Barrié de la Maza. Its mission is to encourage the sustainable development of Galicia (Spain) by creating a lasting impact on society, working in the areas of education, social action, research, culture and promoting the conservation of our heritage, whether tangible or intangible. The restoration of the Portal of Glory of the Santiago Cathedral, led and fully funded by the Foundation, has been one of its major and most ambitious projects in heritage conservation so far. 

Strandingsmuseum St. George, Thorsminde, Denmark

European Museum Forum / Silletto Prize 2019

Strandingsmuseum St George is a site specific museum. Though located in a small fishing village on the Danish west coast, it tells a history of the world. The core of the Museum is its unique collection. Nowhere else in the world can you find a collection of everyday objects from the British Navy in the time of the Napoleonic Wars.  How did they end up here? All visitors will ask themselves that question. The answer is: The sea brought them. On our blue planet, this small museum is curated by the sea.

China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou, China