Winners of the UMAC Award 2017 with Ing-Marie Munktell (Chair of the UMAC Award Committee) and Marta Lourenço (Chair of UMAC). Helsinki, 6 Sep. 2017, photo Timo Huvilinna, University of Helsinki.


UMAC celebrates the dedication, the creativity and, more importantly, the impact of university museums and collections on their host universities, their communities and contemporary society through the UMAC AWARD.

The UMAC AWARD was created in 2016. It honours excellence and innovation in university museums and collections worldwide. It seeks to distinguish recent outstanding contributions to all areas of museum and collections theory and practice, particularly those with interdisciplinary approaches and potential wide application.


Projects and initiatives eligible to the UMAC AWARD must be less than 3 years old at the time of the nomination. They may cover all areas of museums and collections theory and practice, including exhibition, education, conservation, teaching, research, management and business models, design and architecture, ethics, service to the university and the public, strategic planning, and advances in museology.
All university museums and collections are eligible regardless of their location, type or size. They do not have to be UMAC members.


Projects or initiatives nominated must demonstrate: i) innovation/creativity; ii) excellence; iii) transferability of ideas that can be adopted by other university museums and collections regardless of geography, size or location; and iv) impact on the host university, the community or society at large.

Evaluation is made by an external panel proposed by the UMAC Award Committee.




Nominations must be made online by two UMAC active members in good standing. Nominators can nominate themselves. If you are thinking of making a nomination, please read the UMAC Award Rules and see a PDF version of the form here.

Nominations for the UMAC AWARD 2018 are now closed. The winner  will be announced at the UMAC General Assembly, Miami, June 2018. 

See who was nominated for the UMAC AWARD 2018 here.



Barbara Rothermel, Vice-Chair UMAC, USA
Graciela Weisinger Cordero, Vice-Chair UMAC, Argentina
Laishun An, Vice-President of ICOM, China

Muriel Guedj, University of Montpellier, France
Terry Simioti Nyambe, ICOM Executive Council Member, Zambia
Chair (non-voting): Ing-Marie Munktell, Sweden


Do you have questions about the UMAC Award?

Please contact the Chair of the UMAC Award Committee:
Ing-Marie Munktell