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Awards to USA, Canada, and International Museums for Outstanding Exhibitions

Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits


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Funding Source
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Awards of up to $1,000 to USA, Canada, and International museums to acknowledge outstanding exhibitions. Eligible exhibits must be open for less than two years and should be educational and interesting. Nominations will be accepted for public exhibits that focus on the history of engineering, industry, and technology. Online, screen-based, and physical exhibits are eligible.

The Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits was established to recognize excellence in museums and museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry, and engineering to the general public. Winning exhibits, in addition to being well designed and produced, should raise pertinent historical issues. Artifacts and images should be used in a manner that interests, teaches, and stimulates both the general public and historians. 

Travelling and temporary exhibits are eligible only if they are accessible to the Society’s referees for a period of two months after the application closing date. Only a shortlist of exhibits will be refereed.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Anyone, including the institution or individual responsible for its creation, may nominate an exhibit for the Dibner Award. Exhibits are eligible for this award if they have been open to the public for no more than 24 months before the deadline for nominations. The Society especially encourages nominations from local and regional historical societies and museums.

Pre-Application Information
Extended Deadline for nominations is 15 May.

Please note: In the case of traveling and short-term exhibits that close before the deadline or in the two months that follow; in those cases, nominators must submit their documents to the committee at least two months in advance of the exhibit’s closing date.

An exhibit can be awarded a Prize only once. It cannot be repeatedly submitted and rewarded.


Estimated Size of Grant
The award consists of a plaque and up to $1,000 to cover expenses for a member of the design team to accept the award at the SHOT awards banquet.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the committee chair or Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary,

Foundation for the History of Technology
c/o Eindhoven University of Technology
Atlas Building 8.401
P.O. Box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
the Netherlands
+31 40 2474641

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