As a juror of the Children in Museums Award, Margherita Sani had noticed a high percentage of Dutch museums among the nominees and winners of the prize. She decided to investigate this recurring pattern and the evident success of Dutch children museums. She embarked on a journey where she visited numerous Dutch children museums and talked with several experts with the hope of identifying the NL factor, that special touch that makes the Dutch children museums stand out. The first part of the report summarizes the result of Sani’s research and the second part presents all Dutch nominees of the Children in Museums Award from 2012-2017.
Margherita Sani works in the Museums, Libraries and Archives Department of the Istituto Beni Culturali (Institute for Cultural Heritage) of the Region Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Over the years she has designed and managed several European projects on museums and education, lifelong learning and intercultural dialogue. She is board member of the Network of European Museum Organisations, NEMO and since 2014 a member of the Jury of the Children in Museums Award.