Children and adults walking through the streetlife museum with a vintage car in the background and plane suspended from the ceiling
The Streetlife Museum has been shortlisted for the Best Accessible Museum award

Streetlife Museum shortlisted for national Family Friendly Museum Award

Hull Museum’s Streetlife Museum has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award, it was announced today.

Charity Kids in Museums has run a prestigious annual award since 2004, recognising the most family friendly heritage sites in the UK. It is the only UK museum award to be judged by families.

From late March to early June, families across the UK voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. A panel of museum experts then whittled down hundreds of nominations to a shortlist of 18 heritage attractions.

Streetlife is vying against two other museums in the Best Accessible Museum category.

The Best Accessible Museum category celebrates museums making excellent efforts to include families with children or young people who have special educational needs and disabilities.

Shortlisted museums will also be given feedback on how they can further improve their offer for families.

Hull Museums Manager, Jane Avison, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums award. To have been nominated by visitors to the Streetlife Museum is a real credit to the team who deliver accessible family friendly events and activities throughout the year.” 

Overlooking the museum gardens, the Streetlife Museum is home to transport and social history collections, as well as hosting a rolling programme of community exhibitions. The museum is always busy with school visits, under fives and over 55s sessions, visits from day centres, as well as events and activities at weekends and in school holidays.

Over the summer holidays, the museum will be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the shortlisted museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto, a set of guidelines on what makes a great museum visit for all ages. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2024. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

Follow the Family Friendly Museum Award on social media by following @kidsinmuseums and #FamilyFriendlyMuseum.

The Family Friendly Museum Award has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England.

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