Lonely Planet Writer

The ‘Museum Oscars’ names the best destinations for culture lovers

Do you have a hard time selecting what museums you’d like to visit? The results of the Leading Culture Destination Awards (LCDA) – or ‘Museum Oscars’ as they are dubbed – means the public can now see at a glance the best galleries and cultural centres to visit across the globe.

The Broad LA recently celebrated its first anniversary before getting the top award at the Museum Oscars.
The Broad LA recently celebrated its first anniversary before getting the top award at the Museum Oscars. Image by The Broad Facebook

The Broad in Los Angeles topped the bill as it collected the gong as the overall winner of this year’s awards. The museum also took home individual honours by winning accolades for Museum Architecture of the Year and Best New Museum of the Year. Other notable winners include the Tate Modern Switch House extension in London which won Best New Museum in Europe and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam which won Best Digital Museum.

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Manitoba was the sectional winner of the ‘Best Soft Power Cultural Organization award’. The awards were handed out by a panel of international judges who viewed an exhaustive list compiled by more than 80 ambassadors around the world. Aside from Leading Culture Destinations, there were other sections – Best New Museum, Soft Power Destinations and the Traveller’s Awards. These were then broken down into a number of sub-sectional awards such as Restaurant of the Year and Exhibition of the Year.

Other regional museums which received supporting ‘Oscars’ were the Museu do Amañha in Rio de Janeiro, the Design Museum Dharavi in India and the Sinthian Cultural Centre (THREAD) in Senegal. All of these have only opened in the last year. The Soft Power Destination of the Year category was introduced for the first time with winners including the Cultural Spring in Sunderland. The popular concept of a Traveller’s Award unveiled the top places for tourists to see. The best hotel was named as Durslade Farmhouse in England, with Quebec winning the best cultural city in its category.