SHOT Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits (2020)

Type: Prize

Name: Dibner Award

Location: New Orleans, LA

Application Deadline: April 15, 2020

Sponsoring Institution: Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)


The Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits was established in 1985, through the generosity of Bern Dibner, 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. 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.

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 on April 15, 2020. The Society especially encourages nominations from local and regional historical societies. Please note that virtual exhibits are not eligible for the award and nominations for traveling and short-term exhibits must be received at least two months in advance of the exhibit’s closing date.

Further information about the prize, including nomination forms, a list of past recipients, and the members of the Dibner Award Committee can be found on the SHOT website.

Should any questions arise while completing the nomination form, please contact the committee chair or Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary,

Posted: March 16, 2020