Buildy Award

This national award recognizes the most outstanding recent museum building projects. The purpose of the Buildy Award is to increase awareness within the field, and by the public, of the value of museums and the need for their ongoing rehabilitation and expansion to serve future generations.

Call for Buildy Award Nominations

ELIGIBILITY: A Buildy Award nominee must have completed a museum-related construction project within the five-year period of 2018-2023, and the project must have been substantially complete and opened or reopened to the general public for at least one year prior to the submission deadline date of September 30, 2024. Please note that the one-year requirement will be strictly observed. Eligible buildings include museums as well as similar facilities at zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and visitor centers serving public sites. National and international projects are eligible; nominated facilities do not have to be located in the Mid-Atlantic region. Projects may include new construction, additions and renovations or a combination of these. Impact and quality are more significant factors than size and budget. Previously submitted projects not receiving an award may be resubmitted with an updated nomination form provided they were completed in the five years prior to September 2024. The 2025 Call for Buildy Award Nominations will be released soon.


Required SUPPORTING MATERIALS must include:

  • Completed nomination form through PDF submission
  • A one-page, non-technical summary of the project as a .pdf attachment
  • Photos, design plans, news clippings or other media, marketing materials, letters from visitors to support the nomination (a single document in a .pdf format preferred)
  • Letter of Confirmation as a .pdf attachment from the Museum Director or Deputy Director stating their intention to briefly present the project at the 2025 Building Museums™ Symposium in St. Louis, MO.

Please submit all nomination materials in a single PDF file.

PO Box 4 Cooperstown, NY 13326


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