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Exhibits Win Awards Competition at AAM Annual Meeting


ARLINGTON, VA –  JUNE 12,  2019New Orleans, LA – Seven museum exhibitions received accolades in the 31st annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition, presented by the American Alliance of Museums at the organization’s Annual Meeting.

Overall Award Winners

  • National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. – “Americans”
  • Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL – “Underwater Beauty”

Special Achievement

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. – “Americans and the Holocaust” for Innovative Evaluation Practice and Audience Awareness
  • Exploration Place, Wichita, KS – “Design Build Fly” for Innovative Example of Intentional Practice
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY – “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” for Innovative Interaction of Objects, Collections, and Spaces
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL – “Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.” For Innovative Interpretation and Community Co-Curation
  • Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA – “Upholstery CSI: Reading the Evidence” for Innovative Behind-the-Scenes Personal Narrative

“Organizations from across the globe submitted a wide array of innovative exhibits rich in thoughtful content, design, collections and more,” said Stacey Swigart, Collections Management & Evaluation for the Philadelphia History Museum Philadelphia, PA, who served as the competition coordinator. “The submissions were an excellent cross-section of all types of museums, arts, science and nature institutions with meaningful stories to tell. The winners really reflect the diversity of types of museums and the content they are sharing.”

The awards were presented in a ceremony May 20th at the AAM 2019 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in New Orleans, LA.

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit


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