The Museum Oskars 2016: Winners Part 2

Thanks to everyone who nominated their favourite museums in our third ‘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. Once again, we have 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.

Germany

Scotland

USA

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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.

Italy

Scotland

  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh – it just feels like a museum that’s thought of all ages and family members, from their Magic Carpet sessions for 0-2 year olds, to their late night events just for adults. Families are truly welcome here. // Because it just has something for all age groups. Exhibitions, workshops. events and much, much more. From technology to history to natural history, you get everything in one place. And it’s free. 

USA

  • Utah Territorial Statehouse, Fillmore, Utah – During the annual candlelight tour in October I’m sure it’s rough on the staff but they make everyone feel welcome and have adequate community volunteers to keep everyone and precious historical treasures safe.
  • National Cryptologic Museum, Annapolis Junction, MD – Large meeting area for school kids & scouts for lecture and history lessons.  Excellent staff presentations.

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Friendliest staff experience

Denmark

  • ARoS art museum, Aarhus – my son really wanted to ret the lift, but we did not have time or money to buy a ticket for the museum, so the museum guard gave my son “a special lift” ticket and we took a trip up and down the lift.

Germany

  • Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart – Incredibly helpful & generous to our exchange group from Aylesbury, England. They provided all 55 pupils with questionnaire booklets & pencils which enhanced their experience. Danke!
  • Museum in der Kulturbrauerei, Berlin – I don’t think I’ve ever received such a heartfelt welcome anywhere. When I arrived with a screaming baby, not only did the staff usher me in with a warm smile, they did their best to reassure me not to worry, babies cry, showed me the best place to sit and nurse him, and a little later checked in on us to see if we were alright. I was so moved by their kindness, I almost cried!

Scotland

USA

  • Shelburne Museum, Vermont – Friendly staff throughout the museum, from buying tickets, riding historic carousel,  to chatting with security. Followed up with purchasing a museum membership- and the Development team was very helpful and sweet.
  • Utah Territorial Statehouse, Fillmore, Utah – The staff is here is not only nice, but they really take the time to answer questions and go beyond to make sure you have the best experience. // Extremely friendly and helpful staff. // The staff are wonderful. They host numerous events including an open mic night and a meet the candidates night for the local Fillmore City Council elections. They have some great areas for entertaining a crowd including a new pavilion. When Santa came this year they were instrumental in pulling it off for over 300 kids. They are a great bunch of people and highly deserve this great recognition.
  • National Cryptologic Museum, Annapolis Junction, MD – librarian very informed and helpful for me to research some material and continued to follow up with me.

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