Membership

Recognition Awards

The 2022 MSA Recognition Awards acknowledge the essential role that nonprofit retail professionals and museum store vendors play in the success of cultural institutions. The awards provide MSA members with an opportunity to be recognized, and awarded, for the extraordinary work they do. Winning an MSA Recognition Award can go a long way toward advocating for your store internally or for promoting your products to buyers.

Congratulations to this year's Recognition Award recipients:

Best Visual Merchandising: Atlanta Botanical Garden

This award recognizes excellence in visual merchandising by an institution. Nominations were evaluated based on creative use of resources, collaboration, and how well the display extends the museum experience. 

Best Product Development: Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

The Best Product Development Award recognizes excellence in product development by an institution. Nominations were evaluated based on fulfillment of the institution’s mission, achieved sales goal, collaboration and marketing efforts. 

Best Store Web Presence: New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

Recognizing excellence in web presence by an institution. Nominations were evaluated based on collaboration, innovation, customer-need orientation and responsiveness, quality, and service. 

Best Advertising or Marketing: New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

This award recognizes excellence in a marketing activity that showcased a museum store, brand, special event, or product for an MSA member. Nominations were evaluated based on campaign creativity and innovation.

Museum Store Sunday Special Event at an Institution: Independence Seaport Museum

This award recognizes excellence in a Museum Store Sunday special event at an institution. Nominations were evaluated based on creative elements used, how Museum Store Sunday mission/event focused the store or event is, any Museum Store Sunday collateral used, and its marketing plan. 

Best Pop-Up Store or Store Special Event: Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Recognizing excellence in a pop-up store or store special event at an institution. Nominations were evaluated based on creative elements used, how mission/event focused the store or event is, any increase in sales, and its marketing plan. 

MSA Vendor of the Year: WorldFinds

The Vendor of the Year recognition is awarded to a vendor who collaborates, works with, and supports the MSA. Nominations were evaluated based on collaboration, innovation, customer orientation, quality, and service. 


All nominations were reviewed and scored by the MSA Education Advisory Group (EAG) on the eligibility requirements and criteria listed for each individual award. The top three nominations as scored by the EAG were selected as finalists, and winners were announced at MSA FORWARD 2022 during the Wine & Cheese Closing Session and MSA Awards Ceremony.

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