EPIC nominated for a Children in Museums Award

We are delighted to be nominated for a Children in Museums Award, by Hands On!, the International association for Children in Museums. Hands On! & EMA were looking for exceptional and excellent children’s & family exhibition programmes!

The Award will be judged later in the summer by a visit from specialist hands on! Judges, who will create a report to be considered fully and very carefully by the jury. The jury is looking especially for museums, exhibitions, programmes and museum environments that show: 

  • a commitment to improving children’s experiences, growth, learning, well-being through the museum environment, atmosphere and programming.
  • creativity and innovation
  • quality learning experiences

In addition, the Award seeks Museums who have:

  • Age-appropriate exhibitions and/or programmes based on the cognitive, social and emotional development of children
  • Interactive learning experiences and exhibit strategies engaging as many senses as possible
  • Specialist provision for children within the museum sector internationally

Education is at the heart of what we do here at EPIC and our workshops, whether online or in person are always based on what is best for the participant. 

We are delighted too to see the National Gallery of Ireland also deservedly nominated for this award.

About the Award

The Children’s Museum Award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International for the recognition of excellence in the specific sector of international children’s museums. 

In 2014 the name of the Award was changed to the Children in Museums Award, to reflect the wider range of provision for children in today’s museums. Applications are welcomed from children’s museums and from education, children and youth departments in museums and science centres, both long-established and recently opened. 

Each year the winner of the Children in Museum Award, the award for the best children’s museum or programme, receives a bronze statue of Miffy, standing for openness, curiosity and child friendliness.

The European Museum Academy (EMA) is a non-profit Foundation established to reflect museums at the international level, to promote research on museography and museology as a high cultural activity, to provide constructive criticism and promote discussion on new exhibitions and museums, and to diffuse museological knowledge and ideas among members of the profession. It aims to promote the conception and development of new as well as of traditional museums as tools of social change. 

EMA co-operates with Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums for this Award. EMA members of the Judging Panel of the Award are also active members of the Academy in a number of roles. 

Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums (HO!I), is an international professional organisation representing and advocating for its non-profit member institutions. It actively stimulates the creation and development of children’s museums (including science centres and large collections-based institutions serving young visitors) and more space for cultural and educational activities for children and young people. 

HO!I supports the important role of children’s museums as centres where play inspires creativity, informal and lifelong learning.