European Museum of the Year Award

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This article is about a Europe-wide award. For the annual UK-specific award, see Museum of the Year.
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The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) is the longest running and most prestigious museum award in Europe, presented each year by the European Museum Forum (EMF) under the auspices of the Council of Europe.[1] It was founded in 1977 by journalist, anti-museologist, broadcaster and book author Kenneth Hudson.[2]

Aim of the European Museum of the Year Award is to recognize excellence in the European museum scene and to encourage and promote innovative processes in the international museum landscape. The Award goes to a museum which contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying its visitors with unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility.

EMYA is awarded to two kinds of museums:[3]

  • Established museums that have undergone modernization or expansion during the past two years.
  • New museums opened to the public in the previous two years.

Past winners have been both large and small museums, public and private ones, and whatever their subject or their nationality: they all showed outstanding public quality and changed the standard of quality in museums within Europe.

Two more awards are simultaneously presented by the European Museum Forum: the Kenneth Hudson Award, and the Silletto Prize. See European Museum Forum for more information.

European Museum of the Year winners[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ European Museum Forum, Council of Europe.
  2. ^ Museum of Broken Relationships wins Kenneth Hudson Award, European Cultural Foundation.
  3. ^ European Museum of the Year Award. BRICKS Project: Building resources for Integrated Cultural knowledge Services, 2005.
  4. ^ Maev Kennedy (1 May 2002). "Steaming". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  5. ^ Brian Lavery (17 July 2002). "Arts Abroad; An Irish Castle for Religious Manuscripts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Glancey (13 September 2004). "Spiralling into Oblivion". New Statesman. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  7. ^ "Top European Museum Prize Goes to Spain". Khaleej Times. 14 May 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-18. [dead link]
  8. ^ 2010 European Museum of the Year Award, Tampere, Finland, 19–22 May 2010.
  9. ^ "The Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, Belgium, won the European Museum of the Year Award 2011" (PDF) (Press release). European Museum Forum. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 

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