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Guardian family friendly museum of the year award

herbertTrips made undercover by a team of judges along with their children led to the winner being announced of the Guardian family friendly museum of the year award which was awarded to the Coventry Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

The award is quite notable for the museum and well timed given that it celebrates its 50th birthday this year.  The museum won the award for scoring the best on the 20-point Kids in Museums manifesto which is a template that was created in order to make all museums think about the best way to design their exhibits so that they make for great places to plan a family visit.

The Herbert museum was officially named the winner at a London ceremony beating out other shortlisted museums including the National Trust’s Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, Great North Museum, the Highland Folk Museum, the Exeter St. Nicholas Priory, and the Stoke Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

As winner of the award, the Hebert will receive 500 activity sheets illustrated especially by Quentin Blake.

Journalist Dea Birkett led to the creation of the awards in 2004 who was horrified to be kicked out of the Aztec exhibit at the Royal Academy when her son yelled ‘monster’ at a scary exhibit.

Since then the campaign has only grown stronger launching a new manifesto in 2010 at the British Museum this past January.  Included in its objectives are widening family ticket options outside of the standard two adult two children packages and ‘shushing’ at museums.

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