The Museum Oskars 2014: Winners Part 3

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, here is the next round of winners:

Best museum audio guide

England

  • “David Bowie is” at the V&A – the RFID technology was used with in-depth and incredibly interesting information!
  • National Gallery, London

Germany

  • R.B. Kitaj “Obsessionen” – Jüdisches Museum Berlin
  • Ballinstadt Auswanderermuseum, Hamburg – there more audio stations than audio guides, but in Hamburg’s emigration museum, each gallery has a set of characters that tell you their story as you go round.
  • “Inka – Könige der Anden“ – Linden-Museum Stuttgart

Netherlands

  • Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam – audio guide shows the highlights and is supported by other media within the museum.

Sweden

  • Vasa Museum, Stockholm – they have free WiFi just so you can download the audio guide to your smartphone or tablet, and then you can listen to it again later too.

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Best museum cafe/restaurant

England

  • Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  • National Railway Museum – Amazing cream tea and scones! Fabulous setting.
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery – always family friendly and have THE BEST Chocolate banana cake.
  • For sheer luxury, the Courtyard at the Wallace Collection, London

Germany

  • Restaurant at the Grassi museums, Leipzig – good food, fair prices, light ambience
  • “Catch of the Day” at the Internationales Maritimes Museum, Hamburg – the name of the restaurant says everything you need to know about the menu highlight! In summer they have beach chairs outside to  sit on.

Netherlands

  • Niederländische Architekturinstitut, Rotterdam – the view of the museum park is great, the furnishings modern and in line with the architecture. The candelabrum above the bar is the best. The classy but affordable dishes and coffee are super, the staff are very friendly and attentive.
  • Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam – on the menu are specialties from the different continents/countries discussed in the museum. It is really great food and a great idea to link the restaurant in such a way to the museum experience.

Scotland

  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh – best selection of freshly baked gluten-free cakes I have come across in a museum café so far!

Sweden

  • Vasa Museum, Stockholm – can’t pinpoint exactly why, it was just this general Scandinavian ‘feel good atmosphere’.
  • Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg – great food and atmosphere.

USA

  • Met Mezzanine, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • American Sector Restaurant, National WWII Museum, New Orleans
  • “Tryst at the Phillips” café , The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. – just a delightful little respite. They include art in the space, change it now and again, doing a different installation or painting the walls. Everything is delicious, Tryst coffee is the best.

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Best museum shop

Denmark

  • Skagens Museum – because he shop is all Skagen and rather unique stuff.

England

  • National Gallery, London
  • By a country mile, the British Museum
  • Tate Modern, London (x2) – I have rarely seen so much concentrated creativity, rarely had “must have” feelings this much ;)
  • Haslemere Educational Museum (x2) – lots of little, but not trashy things for kids; Such a treasure trove of stuff In there and something for everyone. You can find something different each time. Also a good price range for pocket money things.

Germany

  • Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin – very tidy, not too cluttered, great design objects, and especially unusual jewellery you wouldn’t find everywhere.
  • Staatsgalerie Stuttgart – lovely presents, especially for children.

Netherlands

  • Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag – a large shop with a varied supply, partly linked to the current exhibition. Great shop to look for presents :)
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – great selection, I wanted to buy nearly everything in the shop!

USA

  • MoMA , New York City
  • Smithsonian National Postal Museum – relatively small shop, but you can buy your own ‘Owney the Dog’, what more could you want!
  • War Birds Museum, Tidesville, Florida – the best shop I have seen in a small museum, it was really outstanding, and had some friendly people operating it.
  • Hillwood Museum, Washington, D.C. – everything in this shop is sparkly, pretty, and elegant, in the taste of Marjorie Merriweather Post. And they always have an amazing clearance section.

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