Winner Announced: Children in Museums Award 2021


Dutch Open Air Museum, Arnhem, The Netherlands 

At a virtual ceremony which took place on the evening of Friday 12 November at the 13th Hands On! Conference hosted by the FRida & FreD Children’s Museum in Graz and the ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna, the results of the 2021 Children in Museums Award were announced. 34 museums took part in the competition from 16 countries, with a shortlist of 12 finalists.


The judges said:‘The Dutch Open Air Museum’s Restart programme was devised in wide consultation with immigrants and teachers and offers authentic learning material illustrating migrants’ lives in our society. They praised the very imaginative use of the museum’s open-air space and buildings by treating it as an entire country. Children are encouraged to think for themselves, facilitators challenging responses and encouraging them to develop empathy with the situation of migrants.’


Press Release

2021 CMA Press Release

Read the Judges’ Report by clicking the link below:

2021 Children in Museums Award Judges’ Report


The award is generously supported by


The award ceremony 2021

was co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union