Celebrating the First Decade of the Children in Museums Award


The Children in Museums Award: The first decade

The challenges we face nowadays, living in this fast- changing world, demand flexible people with curious, creative minds that are open to explore and take initiatives. Museums can be important places to develop these skills, even from an early age.

With this publication, Hands On! International and the European Museum Academy celebrate 10 years of the Children in Museums Award, which is given to a museum that has proved its excellence in offering exhibitions and/or programmes that contribute to the development of children into world citizens.

This booklet gives an insight into the development of this important category of museums during the last decade, and the part played by the Children in Museums Award.


‘In the ten years of its existence the Children in Museums Award has promoted the sharing of experiences among museums, inspiring one another. A collection of successful practices came into being which can be used, adopted by other museums or can be at least a source of inspiration.’

-Annemies Broekgaarden, Wim van der Weiden




The award is generously supported by