One of These Museums Might Just Be the World’s Leading Culture Destination

This post was posted by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on December 16, 2015.


The Countdown to the “Oscars for Museums” is on. On October 9, the winners of this year’s Leading Culture Destinations Awards will be announced at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

The awards are designed to “celebrate the vibrancy and vitality of museums around the world,” and to honor the ways in which museums are continually evolving to meet the needs of their patrons and embrace technological innovations. Where once museums existed strictly for art and education, many have become social destinations that offer places for people to eat, shop, work, socialize, and (in some cases) sleep. And it’s not just New York, London, and Paris that are getting in on the action. Visionary museums are cropping up all over the globe.

In advance of the official awards, a jury of creative leaders has selected the Leading Culture Destinations Awards shortlist, which recognizes museums that demonstrate excellence in the following categories: Exhibitions and Programming; Architecture and Spatial Design; Digital Experience; Eating and Drinking; and Shopping.

This year (the award program’s second year in existence) will also recognize Emerging Culture Destinations around the world as well as the Traveler’s Awards for Best Art Experience in a Hotel and Best Emerging City for Culture, which honor a hotel and city that showcase remarkable art collections and programs.

The shortlist and winners are chosen by a jury from a large number of nominations, which are put forward by creative professionals from all over the world who serve as global ambassadors for the awards program.
The Shortlist for the World’s Leading Culture Destinations

Let’s get to the good stuff: Where are all these exciting museums and cities?

When it comes to the Traveler’s Awards, the shortlist for the category of Best Art Experience in a Hotel includes:

La Colombe d’Or, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
Gramercy Park Hotel, NYC
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resort, Rome, Italy
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China
Palace Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

As for the Best Emerging City for Culture? Manchester, UK; Oslo, Norway; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; and Venice, Italy are all contenders for the title.

Meanwhile, the rest of this year’s shortlist includes:
Best Emerging Culture Destination of the Year


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Barcelona Design Museum, Barcelona, Spain
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy


Museum SAN, Wonj, South Korea
Asia Modern, Wufeng, Taichung, Taiwan
Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China
Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan
Pinacothèque De Paris, Singapore


Museum Mohammed VI, Rabat, Morocco
Museum MMP +, Marrakech, Morocco
Ouidah Museum of History, Benin
Thread by Foundation Annie & Josef Albers, Sinthian, Senegal

North America

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Canada,
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA
The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, USA

South America

The Biomuseo, Panama City, Panama
Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City, Mexico
Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, Mexico
La ene – Nuevo museo energía de arte contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Mérida, Merida, Mexico

Middle East

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar
Oman National Museum, Muscat, Oman
Design Museum, Holon, Israel
Dubai Moving Image Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Leading Culture Destination – Best Exhibitions & Programming

Tate Modern, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
New Museum, NYC
Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Leading Culture Destination – Best Architecture & Spatial Design

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

Leading Culture Destination – Best Digital Experience

Tate Modern, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Getty Center, Los Angeles
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Leading Culture Destination – Best Eating & Drinking

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Tate Modern, London, UK
Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Somerset House, London, UK

Leading Culture Destination – Best Shopping

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Tate Modern, London, UK
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

If this list doesn’t inspire everyone who’s able to book a plane ticket to any one of these destinations, stat, then we don’t know what will. But on the off chance that none of these museums have piqued your interest, you may find that the newly opened Chicago Food Museum (which honors the humble hot dog) or Ralph Nader’s Tort Museum in Winsted, CT—which seeks to educate citizens about Tort Law and its role in protecting personal freedoms, health, and safety—are more your speed.

In the meantime, let us know if you’ve been to any of these leading culture destinations—and which ones you think should win—by getting in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

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