The Oscars for Museums
The LCD Awards celebrate the vibrancy and vitality of museums around the world, which are changing fast. Today cultural destinations are not only for art experiences and education; they have become social hubs for visitors to spend time, dine, shop, work and even sleep!
How it works
The judging process for The Leading Culture Destinations Awards is carefully crafted to benefit from the informed opinion and deep insider knowledge of thought leaders and cultural innovators – people whose lives don’t separate business and pleasure, who travel widely and who are at the forefront of initiative in the cultural sector.
Our shortlist is drawn up from the nominations of the 80-plus Ambassadors, our own exhaustive research, the recommendations of the world’s leading cultural planning consultancy Lord Cultural Resources, and the choices of our Select Jury. Once the shortlist is refined to three institutions per category, the Jury casts its final vote to declare the winner in each category.
2The LCD Awards Categories
The LCD Awards celebrate the best exhibition programming, the best museum architecture and the best digital, dining and shopping experiences. Recent openings are recognised in each geo-political region of the globe, and there is a special ‘Soft Power Destinations’ segment with accolades for the institutions that have contributed most to the developing sphere of urban governance by influence and persuasion. Museums and cities have never been so interdependent. Finally, our Travellers’ Awards recognise the most stimulating and imaginative city for the cultural nomad to visit, and the best ‘Art Hotel’ experience worldwide.
LEADING CULTURE DESTINATIONS OF THE YEAR
EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR
MUSEUM ARCHITECTURE OF THE YEAR
MUSEUM RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
MUSEUM SHOP OF THE YEAR
DIGITAL MUSEUM OF THE YEAR
NEW MUSEUM OF THE YEAR
(OPENED OR RE-OPENED IN THE LAST 15 MONTHS)
C. & S. AMERICA
MIDDLE EAST & N. AFRICA
SOFT POWER DESTINATIONS OF THE YEAR
BEST SOFT POWER CULTURAL ORGANIZATION AWARD
BEST SOFT POWER CULTURAL CITY AWARD
BEST SOFT POWER CULTURAL DISTRICT AWARD
The Soft Power categories are shortlisted by public nomination. Nominate your chosen institution here now.
CULTURE CITY OF THE YEAR
ART HOTEL OF THE YEAR
3Ceremony & Announcement
The winners will be officially announced at the Awards ceremony held in London on Friday the 30th September 2016, where the category winners each receive their trophy designed by United Visual Artists.