Leading Culture Destinations Awards winners have been announced

Florian Wupperfeld

The winners of the Leading Culture Destinations Awards or also known as “The Oscars for Museums”  were announced yesterday evening at the Trafalgar St. James hotel.

The top prize went London Design Museum as the overall winner, whilst several other museums managed to grab some important awards such as Best New Museum of the Year and Best Museum Late Night Experience.

Here is a full list of winners.

The Leading Culture Destination of the Year Award winners:

  • Exhibition of the Year: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC, USA)
  • Museum Architecture of the Year: Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Museum Shop of the Year: Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
  • Restaurant of the Year: Fotografiska (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Digital Museum Experience of the Year: British Museum (London, UK)

Best New Museum of the Year Award winners: (opened in the last 15 months):

  • Europe: Design Museum (London, UK)
  • North America: Tippet Rise Art Center (Fishtail, USA)
  • Latin America: Casa Wabi (Puerto Escondido, Mexico)
  • Middle East / UAE / Africa: Etihad Museum (Dubai, UAE)
  • Asia / Pacific: MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

The Traveller’s Award winners, presented by Avis:

  • Emerging Cultural City of the Year: Athens, Greece
  • Art Hotel of the Year: The Walled Off Hotel (Bethlehem)

Soft Power Destination of the Year Award winners, presented by Valletta 2018:

  • Best Soft Power Cultural Activation Award: Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Art Less: The Davis without Immigrants (Wellesley, USA)
  • Best Soft Power Cultural Organisation Award: Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)
  • Best Soft Power Cultural District Award: Watts Tower Arts Center (Los Angeles, USA)

Climate Smart Award, in partnership with SUNx:

  • Climate Control at Manchester Museum (Manchester, UK)

Best Museum Late Night Experience, in partnership with Sipsmith:

  • Rubin Museum of Art (New York, USA)

The Leading Culture Destination 2017 overall winner:

  • Design Museum (London, UK)