Thursday, September 21, 2023

AAM announces 2016 Media and Technology MUSE Awards and Awards for Excellence in Exhibition

[tab title=”2016 MUSE Awards”]Arlington, VA, USA — MUSE awards recognize outstanding achievement in Galleries, Libraries, Archives or Museums (GLAM) media. The international Alliance Media & Technology Professional Network’s annual awards are presented to institutions or independent producers who use digital media to enhance the GLAM experience and engage audiences. The MUSE awards celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education and inclusiveness.

Audio Tours and Podcasts

Gold: The Broad Museum

Artists on Artists Audio Tour

Silver: Chicago History Museum

Chicago Authored

Bronze: Whitney Museum of American Art

Frank Stella Kids Audio Guide

Honorable Mention: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gallery 742

Digital Communities

Gold: Smithsonian Institution Office of the Chief Information Officer

Smithsonian Institution Transcription Center

Silver: Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas Story Project

Honorable Mention: The Museum of Modern Art


Honorable Mention: Textile Museum of Canada

Making Makers

Education and Outreach

Gold: Philadelphia Museum of Art

A Is for Art Museum

Silver: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Beam Tours: Telepresence Robot Tours to Broaden Accessibility

Bronze: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

#MetKids: Made For, With, and By Kids

Honorable Mention: Corning Museum of Glass

The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking

Honorable Mention: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Air Force One Discovery Center

Games and Augmented Reality

Gold: Sydvestjyske Museer

Augmenting the Historic City: Trade and Merchants’ Life in Ribe

Silver: Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Inspector Training Course

Bronze: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

Honorable Mention: Getty Research Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum

Art of Food

Interactive Kiosks

Gold: The George Washington University Museum, The Textile Museum

Common Threads

Silver: Minnesota Historical Society

Suburbia Touch Table Interactive

Bronze: Asian Art Museum

CSI and the Buddha

Honorable Mention: The Field Museum

Qingming Scroll

Interpretive Interactive Installations

Gold: The Tech Museum of Innovation

Body Metrics

Silver: National Palace Museum

Giuseppe Castiglione: Lang Shining New Media Art Exhibition

Bronze: Levine Museum of the New South

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South

Honorable Mention: The Art Institute of Chicago

Van Gogh’s Bedrooms

Honorable Mention: Miami Children’s Museum

Sketch Aquarium

Mobile Applications

Gold: Brooklyn Museum

ASK Brooklyn Museum

Silver: The New York Botanical Garden

FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life

Bronze: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Slavery at Monticello: Life and Work on Mulberry Row

Honorable Mention: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

CB Outdoors

Multimedia Installations

Gold: El Paso Museum of History


Silver: National Museum of Australia


Bronze: Columbus Earth Theater

Columbus Earth Theater

Online Presence

Gold: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Artist Project

Silver: The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford Website

Bronze: Ford’s Theatre

Remembering Lincoln

Honorable Mention: British Film Institute

Britain on Film

Honorable Mention: SFMOMA

The New

Honorable Mention: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice

Open Culture

Honorable Mention: Getty Research Institute, Getty Web Group

Pietro Mellini’s Inventory in Verse, 1681

Public Outreach

Gold: J. Paul Getty Trust


Silver: Trust for the National Mall

Voices from the National Mall

Bronze: The Broad Museum

The Broad’s Un-Private Collection Series Streaming

Video, Film, and Computer Animation

Gold: The Field Museum

The Switch: A Bill Stanley Story

Silver: American Museum of Natural History

Shelf Life

Bronze: Museum of Modern Art

Modern Art & Ideas

Honorable Mention: National Park Service/Harpers Ferry Center, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph

Honorable Mention: Seattle Art Museum

Disguise: Masks & Global African Art

Honorable Mention: San Diego Natural History Museum

Punk Skunk Series

Honorable Mention: National Palace Museum

Adventures of the Mythical Creatures
at the National Palace Museum

Jim Blackaby Memorial Award

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[tab title=”2016 Excellence in Exhibition Awards”]Arlington, VA, USA – Ten museum exhibitions have gained accolades in the 28th annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition, presented by the American Alliance of Museums. Top exhibitions included:

Overall Award Winners

  • National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC – “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”
  • San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA – “Coast to Cactus in Southern California”

Special Achievement

  • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN – “National Geographic Sacred Journeys”
  •  Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO – “Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio”
  •  Museum of Science, Boston, MA – “The Science Behind Pixar”
  •  National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD – “Living Seashore”
  • National Museum of American History, Washington, DC – “Object Project”
  • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA – “Pacific Worlds”
  • Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY – “Broken? Fix It!”
  • North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum, Bismarck, ND – “Innovation Galleries: Early Peoples”

Read more about the winning exhibitions.

“This year we received a record-setting 37 exhibition entries from around the world and across the museum field,” said Stacey Swigart, curator of collections at Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, who served as the competition coordinator. “We saw entries from museums of art, botanical, history, music, children’s, science and more. The exhibition entries showed the commitment of the museum field to continually push the boundaries of what exhibitions can and should be.”

The awards will be presented in a ceremony May 27 at the AAM 2016 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in Washington, DC.

Awards are sponsored by four of AAM’s Professional Networks including the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE), Curators Committee (CurCom), Education Committee (EdCom) and National Association of Museum Exhibition (NAME).[/tab]

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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