The US-based Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) has chosen the Finnish Museum of Games for the 2018 Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits. This is the first time the award is given to a museum in Finland.
The Finnish Museum of Games showcases the history of gaming in Finland, from the board games of the 1800s to the modern video games. The main exhibition has 100 mostly playable games with over 70 running videogames created by the Finnish game developers, indie developers and hobbyists.
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“This award is very important to the museum and it is a way to thank the exceptionally diverse co-operation network which made the museum possible and is visible in our everyday work,” says Tampere Culture and Art department head Toimi Jaatinen. “The Finnish Museum of Games has brought tens of thousands more visitors to the Vapriikki museum centre; the amount of young people is notable. The games museum peaks international interest as well. It has become a showroom of the Finnish gaming culture and business, an asset to which this esteemed award will bring value.”
Previous winners of the Dibner Award include the Science and Technology Galleries of the National Museum of Scotland, the Smithsonian Design Museum, the National Museum of American History and the Science Museum in London.