27th Annual Excellence in Exhibitions Competition

The Excellence in Exhibition Competition recognizes exhibitions for overall excellence or for stretching the limits of exhibition content and design through innovation. This year’s entries were peer reviewed based on the recently updated AAM Standards for Museums Exhibitions and Indicators of Excellence which include criteria in seven major categories: audience awareness; evaluation; content; collections; interpretation and communication; design and production; and human comfort, safety, and accessibility. 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).

2015 Awards

  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
    State of the Art
  • Franklin Institute
    Your Brain
  • National September 11 Memorial Museum
    “Interstitial Area Installations”
  • Royal British Columbia Museum
    Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia
Honorable Mention
  • The Office of the City Clerk Archives and Records Management Division (Boston City Archives)
    Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
    The Big Graph
  • Peabody Essex Museum
    Freeport [No. 007]: Celest Boursier-Mougenot