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The 2017 Family Friendly Museum Award is now launched

Friday 2nd June 2017

The 2017 Family Friendly Museum Award is launched, giving you and your visitors the chance to say why your museum, gallery, heritage site, science centre or historic home gives the warmest welcome to families. The Award is the biggest museum award in the country – and the only one where families decide the winner.

Nominations can be made by anyone – front of house, marketing, the director, volunteers, curators, café workers. You can even invite your visitors to nominate you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a giant National museum or a tiny two-room local gallery. You can be volunteer-run or boast a team of curators. You can be best known for your outstanding collection of French 19th Century porcelain or be alive with high-tech interactives (or both!). What matters most is that you go that extra mile to provide an excellent family friendly experience.

Give as much detail as possible about your museum. What is so special about your offer to families? What do you do that really stands out? Tell them lots – we love to hear about all your efforts and achievements. Take a look at the Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto. How does your museum match up to the Mini Manifesto’s 8 points on how to make a museum family friendly? Use the Award as an opportunity for a family friendly audit, using the Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto as a guide. Consult your visitors and include their feedback in your nomination.

How to send in a nomination:

Click here and complete the form.
This year they have created an online form to make it quick and easy to nominate your museum. If you are not able to complete the online form, they can accept nominations by email or post.

Email: and say why you think your museum should win. If you are sending large documents, please send as hard copy to the address below, not as attachments.

Post: Family Friendly Museum Award
Kids in Museums
CAN Mezzanine
7 – 14 Great Dover Street
London SE1 4YR

Deadline for nominations is noon on 2 June 2017.

Tweet that you’ve put in a nomination on Twitter mentioning @kidsinmuseums #FFMA17

Find out more about the Award here.