Over 400 institutions from all over the world received nominations, having been selected for outstanding achievements in activities including films, quizzes, games and craft activities.

Following this initial process, an expert panel of museum professionals has now whittled down the nominations to a shortlist of 26 museums across five categories.

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“We have been blown away by the standard and amount of great content that museums have produced to entertain families and promote their wellbeing during lockdown,” says Alison Bowyer, executive director of Kids in Museums.

“Museum staff have adapted quickly, learning new skills and making the best of limited resources to create inventive new activities for different ages. “I’d like to congratulate all the organisations that have been shortlisted for our award against tough competition from around the world. It’s brilliant to be able to recognise and celebrate their hard work in these challenging times.”

The 2020 lockdown shortlist

The 26 shortlistees for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home are:

Best Film

  • Cooper Gallery, Barnsley – Wow Wednesdays
  • Florence Nightingale Museum, London – Meet Miss Nightingale
  • London Fire Brigade Museum – The Great Fire of London
  • National Football Museum, Manchester – Kicking Off Your Creativity
  • University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge – Zoology Live! Online Festival

Best Social Media Activity

  • Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft – Virtual Museum Club
  • National Museums Liverpool – My Home is My Museum
  • National Museums Wales – Minecraft Your Museum
  • The Novium Museum, Chichester – Virtual Roman Week 2020
  • Royal Academy, London – attRAct weekly challenges

Best Website Activity

  • Historic Dockyard Chatham – Museum from Home: Arts Award Discover
  • The Mary Rose, Portsmouth – Things to Make and Do!
  • Museum of Cardiff – My Museum
  • National Galleries Scotland – Home is Where the Art is
  • National Videogame Museum, Sheffield – Create Your Own Pixel Art Character

Going the Extra Mile

  • Colchester and Ipswich Museums – Museum From Home activity packs
  • Dacorum Heritage – Stockpiling Stories
  • National Science and Media Museum, Bradford – Distributing Printed Learning Resources to families in BD5
  • Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle – Something to smile about – supporting families in East Newcastle
  • The Whitworth, Manchester – Still Parents

Best International Digital Activity

  • Andy Warhol Museum, USA – Warhol Making It Videos
  • Glazer Children’s Museum, USA – [email protected]
  • The Glucksman, Republic of Ireland – Creativity At Home
  • The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project – Project 2020 Together, Le Chéile
  • National Gallery Singapore – #SmallBigDreamersatHome
  • Rijksmuseum, Netherlands – Key Challenge

Over the summer holidays, family judges will try out all the activities and their feedback will determine a winner and highly commended award for each category. The successful nominees will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.


Kids in Museums will share updates throughout the process on social media via @kidsinmuseums and #FamilyFriendlyMuseum.

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