Submission deadline:

Closed for 2017


Stacey Swigart
Exhibition Competition Coordinator

2016 Recipients

Past Recipients

Excellence in Exhibition Competition

The Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in the exhibition format from all types of museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and any other types of noncommercial institutions offering exhibitions to the public.

The competition is the joint project of the following Alliance Professional Networks (PNs): Curators Committee (CurCom), the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) and the Education Committee (EdCom).


Any non-commercial institution offering exhibitions to the public may participate. Exhibitions may have been designed by a commercial firm for a non-commercial institution. Each institution that enters must have a team member that is a member of the Alliance. The exhibition must have opened to the public between November 30, 2014 and November 30, 2016. To be eligible, exhibitions may not have previously won this competition. Exhibitions may be submitted only once to the competition.

Entry Fees

A $75 fee is required for each exhibition entry. Make checks payable to the American Alliance of Museums / Excellence in Exhibition. For multiple entries, submit one check for the full amount. For alternative forms of payment, contact the Competition Coordinator.

Competition Policies

The PN sponsors are not responsible for lost or damaged entries. All entry materials become the property of the PNs/AAM and cannot be returned. Entrants agree to allow Alliance and PN sponsors to use photographs of winning exhibitions, at no charge, in Alliance publications. Entrants warrant that they have the right to allow such use. Institutions will be credited in any published reference to winning entries. All materials (including the exhibition budget) will be displayed during the Marketplace of Ideas at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

Notification and Awards

Each winning exhibition will be featured in a program session at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis and a representative from each winning institution will be asked to do a short presentation. Winner(s) will also receive national recognition in Museum magazine as well as in the Fall issue of Exhibition.

Standards for Museum Exhibitions and Indicators of Excellence

These standards were developed by the Professional Networks Council of the American Alliance of Museums.