The Museum Oskars 2015: Winners Part 2

Thanks to everyone who nominated their favourite museums in our second ‘Museum Oskars’. Usually this it the point where you say “the votes have been counted and verified”, but in our eyes, 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 again 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 effort for accessibility

This category was intentionally named “best effort for accessibility” rather than “most accessible”, because sometimes making an effort when circumstances – e.g. historic buildings – prove a challenge. We also left the definition of accessibility open, so nominations in terms of physicality, affordability, knowledge, age etc were all acceptable.

Denmark

France

Scotland

  • Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline – Created alternative solutions via photos and sound recordings for people to access the parts of the historical building that can’t be adapted to physically impaired visitors.

USA

You can either download the image and upload it to your own website (if doing so, please include a link back to this page) or use the HTML code below to include it directly from Museum 140:

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Most family friendly museum venue

Again, we left the definition of ‘family friendly’ open, so some people interpreted this in terms of what or how much there was to do for families, whilst others referred to the general attitude and understanding towards families.

England

  • Natural History Museum, London – We don’t have kids, but as soon as the nieces are big enough – we’re going here. Always full of excited kids, even though there’s not lots of hands on activities or flashy stuff. In short, stuffed animals and dinosaurs fascinate kids, so give them space to charge about and put enough things at levels they can see – and they’ll love it.
  • Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Exeter – An intriguing museum telling the history of the moving image through to current films. The collection covered films that we knew and loved as a family and introduced us to new films. The collection also contained a diverse & huge amount of objects covering the pre-film era. Then we got to play with lots of different moving image objects such a a zoetrope, magic mirrors and a stereoscope in the family activity box. We all loved the museum, both the collection and the family activity box, three generations of us, aged 11 to 70. No cafe, no frills, we all just loved the collection.
  • Roman Baths, Bath -  Kids were engaged all the time and learned a lot having fun.

Germany

Scotland

Sweden

  • Biotopia, Uppsala – Why? The feeling you get in there is: “Children first, adults are welcome too”

USA

You can either download the image and upload it to your own website (if doing so, please include a link back to this page) or use the HTML code below to include it directly from Museum 140:

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Friendliest staff experience

England

  • Wellcome Collection, London – We met great museum staff on the handling trollies in the Medicine Now gallery. We had a great time putting skeletons together, chatting about bones and internal organs and were even introduced to a (replica) shrunken head!
  • Tour guide at Museum of London. He actually shushed the school groups in the area so we could hear him. In America, school groups come first.

France

Germany

Italy

  • Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Chieti – A passionate guardian led us around
  • Museo del Calcolo, Pisa - It seemed like the guide was part of the family

Netherlands

  • Sint-Pieters Museum, Maastricht – Run by enthusiastic volunteers, very willing to tell and explain. You are really a guest over there.

USA

You can either download the image and upload it to your own website (if doing so, please include a link back to this page) or use the HTML code below to include it directly from Museum 140:

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