The Museum Oskars 2014: Winners Part 1

Thanks to everyone who nominated their favourite museums for our first ever ‘Museum Oskars’. Usually this it the point where you say “the votes have been counted and verified”, but in our eyes, this year everyone is a winner! If someone loved a museum enough to nominate it, then that’s good enough for us. There’s plenty of competition out there already. Since there were twelve categories, we’ll introduce three categories each day, with a final roundup on Friday. Our technical whiz, Simon, has also crafted some very nice badges for each category, so if you are one of the winning museums, please feel free to use these on your blogs, social media profile, websites etc if you so wish. So, without much further ado, we want to introduce you to all the winners.

Best temporary/special museum exhibition

Australia

  • “The Lego Acropolis” – Nicholson Museum, Sydney

Denmark

  • “Guld” –  ARoS, Aarhus

England

  • “Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum” – British Museum, London (x2)
  • “Lindisfarne Gospels” – Palace Green Library, Durham University
  • “Victoriana: The Art of Revival” – Guildhall Art Gallery, London
  • “Thetford’s Lost Tudor Sculptures” – Ancient House Museum of  Thetford Life
  • “Life on our Planet” – Haslemere Educational Museum (x2) + Haslemere Educational Museum’s 125th Birthday exhibition

Germany

  • “System und Sinnlichkeit. Die Sammlung Scheringstiftung” – Kupferstichkabinett Berlin
  • “Im Glanz der Zaren“ – Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart
  • “Inka – Könige der Anden“ – Linden-Museum Stuttgart
  • “LEGO Zeitreise” – Archäologisches Museum Hamburg

Italy

  • “La Primavera del Rinascimento. La scultura e le arti a Firenze 1400-1460” – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Netherlands

  • “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” – Kunsthal Rotterdam(x2)

Scotland

  • “Vikings! The Untold Story” – National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • “Mary, Queen of Scots” – National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

USA

  • “Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950” – Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
  • “Not Alone: The Power of Response” – Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership, Washington D.C.
  • “Gutai: Splendid Playground” – Guggenheim, New York City
  • “Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey” –  Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • The Sellers 4 Wing Aircraft, on loan from the Sellers Family – The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington
  • “Threads of Feeling” – DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • “Kopanang Universe Canticle” – Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • “Bob Hope: An American Treasure” – National WWII Museum, New Orleans
  • “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion” – RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island

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Best interactive museum experience

Australia

  • Vikings at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney
  • The ‘O Device’ at MONA, Hobart, Tasmania

Denmark

  • The interactive telephone boxes from different eras at the Post & Tele Museum, Copenhagen

England

  • “Museomix UK” at Ironbridge Gorge Museums
  • Hands-on dinosaur at Haslemere Educational Museum – loads of fun for the little ones and adults
  • Magnifying glasses at Haslemere Educational Museum – so simple but SO good for giving the children something to help them focus
  • Any of the great ‘House Alive’ events at Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
  • V&A Museum of Childhood, London

Germany

  • The ‘Sleeping Beauty Mirror’ and the ‘Compliment Machine’ in “Bin ich schön?” (Am I beautiful) exhibition at the Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin
  • The Currywurst Museum in Berlin, a truly multi-sensory exhibit where you can look, listen, touch, smell and taste!
  • Computerspielemuseum, Berlin – what better way to learn about the history of computer games than to play with them all.
  • The ‘Museum Mensch und Natur’, Munich – best infotainment for children and adults

Netherlands

  • Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam – a lot of interactive ways throughout the whole museum, e.g. in the section on Latin America you can take a seat in a Mexican bar and watch lucha libre fights

Scotland

  • The Fantastic Flight gallery at the National Museum of Flight- land a plane or airship and test your reactions to see whether you’ve got what it takes to be a pilot

Sweden

  • Record your own ABBA song or video, then watch it again at home – ABBA Museum, Stockholm

USA

  • Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Codex on the Flight of Birds’ at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. USA – simple interactive, but getting to ‘turn the pages’ of the codex on the touch screen was brilliant.
  • Koshland Science Museum, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Gutai Card Box in ‘Gutai: Splendid Playground’ at the Guggenheim, New York City, USA
  • Two Links Flyers flyers – a two seat cab of an airplane that moves like a real airplane when you sit inside and fly, at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington, USA
  • 4D movie “Beyond All Boundaries” National WWII Museum, New Orleans, USA

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Best museum event

England

  • Under 5s Egyptian Event at the Ashmolean Museum
  • “Museomix UK” at Ironbridge Gorge Museums
  • “Meet the Tudors” at Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life – a varied Tudor activity day including music, dance, costumed characters, handling objects, birds of prey display, tours and talks by experts, a chance to use the new mobile app and evenTudor-style refreshments
  • “Trafalgar Night Dinner” on the HMS Trincomalee 1817 – dinner on the mess deck of this fantastic ship, still in the water, in the atmospheric setting of the 18th century harbour at Hartlepool
  • “Live Friday” at the Ashmolean Museum
  • “Friday Late” at the V&A
  • 125th Birthday Party at Haslmere Educational Museum – a children’s party with games, activities, stalls and birthday tea (x3)

Germany

  • Lange Nacht der Museen Berlin (x3)
  • Preview of the new installation at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Italy

  • „Palazzo Braschi si svela” at Museo di Roma  – special free guided visits to the noble apartments of the historical palace and the restoration presentation of the detached frescoes by Polidoro da Caravaggio.

Netherlands

  • “Leidse Kunstenaars in de Meelfabriek” organised by Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden – an exhibition with artists from Leiden in an old flour factory, currently being renovated into a cultural complex. One of the artists painted a walking route through the exhibition on the floor, separated by texts about the history of the venue.

Scotland

  • The ‘Lates’ events at the National Museum of Scotland – anything after hours in a museum is bound to be fun.
  • Night of the Vikings at the National Museum of Scotland

USA

  • Behind the Scenes Tweetup at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History -seeing memorabilia from Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington & ay Charles close up was just awesome!
  • “20th Anniversary National Tour and Tribute to Holocaust Survivors and World War II Veterans” at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. – a life changing event
  • Roosevelt Reading Day at the FDR Library, Hyde Park, New York
  • Gutai Card Box from ‘Gutai: Splendid Playground’ at the Guggenheim, New York City
  • The Civil War Weekend at Hale Farm & Village in Peninsula, Ohio – the largest Civil War re-enactment in Ohio, including a cavalry, a great line up of sutlers, and really fun activities for kids. With the actual reenactment happening throughout the museum grounds, this made the experience both exciting and interactive. It was really a weekend to remember.
  • Opera event to raise funds for the singers of University of Kentucky, at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Sema (Sufi Sacred Dance) at Marposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Frank Sinatra tribute and Bob Hope “Thanks for the Memories” shows at Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum, New Orleans
  • “Design the Night: Block Party” at RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island

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