Shortlist for the Oscars of Museums Announced

The shortlist for Leading Culture Destinations Awards, now in their third year, has been announced, shining a light on the exceptional contributions these institutions offer, and also showcasing some emerging destinations.

The organizers point out that shortlisted nominees were selected for their “visionary approach” to offering a great cultural experience, “from audacious programming and management structures, to cross-sector collaborations and Michelin-starred restaurants, late night openings and music performances.”

For this edition, the organizers highlighted a growing number of cities in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America that are starting to provide “serious competition against London, Paris and New York, the historical world leaders in museums and cultural institutions.”

The awards were started by Florian Wupperfeld, co-founder of the online travel guide ( and the shortlist was selected from nominations put forward by “influential and traveled creative professionals.”

·        Exhibition of the Year
o   Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice. Curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti
o   What about the Art, Doha. Curated by Cai Guo-Qiang
o   Empires by Huang Yong Ping, Grand Palais, Paris

·        Museum Architecture of the Year
o   Tate Modern Switch House, London

o   Museu do Amanhã – Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro

o   The Broad, Los Angeles

·        Museum Restaurant of the Year
o   Fotografiska Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden
o   Ammo Restaurant at the Hammer, Los Angeles California
o   Loulou Restaurant, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

·        Museum Shop of the Year
o   Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
o   Picasso Museum, Paris
o   Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, Mexico City, La Noria, Xochimilco

·        Digital Museum of the Year
o   Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
o   Brooklyn Museum ‘ASK’ APP, New York
o   Museum of Feelings (Pop – Up Christmas 2015), New York

·        Best New Museum of the Year – Africa
o   Sinthian Cultural Centre (Thread), Senegal

·        Best New Museum of the Year - Asia / Pacific
o   Design Museum Dharavi, Mumbai
o   Bihar Museum, Patna, Bihar, India
o   Waitangi Museum, Waitangi, New Zealand

·        Best New Museum of the Year – Europe
o   Helsinki City Museum, Finland
o   Tate Modern Switch House, London
o   Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands

·        Best New Museum of the Year - North America
o   National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC
o   Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec
o   The Broad, Los Angeles

·        Best New Museum of the Year - South & Central America
o   Museo Internacional del Barroco, Puebla, Mexico

o   Museu do Amanhã – Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro

o   Space Caribbean, Kingston, Jamaica

·        Art Hotel of the Year
o   Faena Hotel Miami Beach
o   Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, Bruton, UK
o   One Home Art Hotel, Shanghai

·        Culture City of the Year
o   Los Angeles
o   Lyon, France
o   Quebec City, Canada