National Museum Wales | Minecraft your Museum

Danielle Cowell

Learning, Participation & Interpretation Manager, National Roman Legion Museum

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP Wales, UK

Family Friendly Museum Award 2020 for Best Social Media Activity



Minecraft Your Museum – Voted a Family Favourite in Lockdown!



Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales comprises of seven museums and is the largest provider of learning outside the classroom in Wales.

  During lockdown, we aimed to reach out to young people and provided fun ways to inspire creativity and enhance wellbeing. Many parents reported difficulty home-schooling and that children were only interested in video games. Minecraft is a video game recognised for its educational benefits. In Wales, the government launched a free version of Minecraft – so it was the perfect time to launch an educational project involving Minecraft. We launched the Minecraft Your Museum Competition on social media. The competition invited primary pupils to build their dream museum in Minecraft. The prize was a VIP class trip to the museum of their choice.


Family judges were impressed with how the project captured children’s attention and imagination. ‘By designing their own museum, children had to research and collaborate and develop new skills to present their museums.

We received hundreds of entries from participants with a wide variety of social economic backgrounds and educational needs. Participants reported how much they had enjoyed creating their museums.




The work the participants produced was phenomenal! The activity allowed participants to shine a light on their talent. The participants were in charge, they became digital architects, curators and Museum managers all rolled into one. They created the most beautiful Museums and wonderful collections and thought of everything a visitor might need including cafes, play areas and shows. The museums were creative yet very practical.




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