Shortlist Nominees for the Children in Museums Award 2023


Celebrating Excellence: These are the Shortlist Nominees for the CMA 2023





In today’s rapidly evolving world, the role of museums extends far beyond showcasing artifacts and preserving history. Museums have become engaging spaces for learning, exploration, and inspiration for people of all ages, especially children. Recognizing the vital importance of fostering a love for museums and education in young minds, we proudly award institutions with the Children in Museums Award. This prestigious accolade celebrates outstanding organizations, projects and programs that excel in creating enriching experiences for children. Let’s dive into the shortlist nominees, where each museum has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to engaging and educating young visitors.




Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

ZOOM Children’s Museum, Vienna, Austria

MAS Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium

Science Museums, University of Aarhus, Denmark 

West Zealand Museum, Holbæk, Denmark

Alice – Museum for Children at FEZ-Berlin, Germany

MUBA Children’s Museum of Milan, Italy

Tokyo Toy Museum, Japan

National Museum of Natural History of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, The Netherlands

Discover Children’s Story Centre, London, United Kingdom

Children’s Museum Houston, United States







The shortlist nominees for the Children in Museums Award 2023 represent a diverse range of institutions dedicated to providing exceptional experiences for children. These professionals go above and beyond traditional exhibits, employing interactive techniques, immersive installations, and innovative programming to engage and educate young visitors. Whether it’s fostering a love for science, embracing cultural diversity, or encouraging play-based learning, each nominee embodies the spirit of inspiring young minds to explore, discover, and grow.







Through their remarkable contributions to children’s education and the museum field as a whole, these shortlisted museums are setting a precedent for excellence. The Children in Museums Award by Hands On! International recognizes and celebrates their outstanding achievements, reminding us all of the transformative power of museums in shaping the future of our children.