Since 1997 European Museum Forum, founded by Kenneth Hudson, operates under the auspices of the Council of Europe and is one of the leading non-profit organization in Europe in developing the public quality of European museums, in collaboration with other international organizations, such as ICOM, NEMO and the Best in Heritage.
Even since the year of its foundation, forty years ago, the European Museum of the Year Award and the Council of Europe Museum Prize were launched: the longest running and most prestigious awards in Europe aim to recognize excellence in European museums and to encourage innovative processes for the benefit of society.
Further information about EMF and the EMYA scheme can be found on www. europeanmuseumforum.info
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognising excellence in the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes in a museum world which still took the more traditional view to focus exclusively on collections rather than on their use for the benefit of society.
Within the EMYA scheme all museums are equal whether public or private, small or large. Whatever their subject or their nationality, they are assessed on the basis of what is considered outstanding public quality.
EMYA has proved to be the longest running and most prestigious museum award in Europe and is an important occasion for promoting innovative approaches in the museum sector.
The European Museum of the Year Award
This 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.
The Council of Europe Museum Prize
This prestigious prize is awarded based on the recommendations of the EMYA Judging Panel, by the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to a museum which puts particular emphasis on a clearly understandable presentation of a European perspective, showing initiative in presenting themes of European relevance and adherence to the key values and priorities of the Council of Europe.
The Kenneth Hudson Award
This is an award in honour of the founder of EMYA. The award goes to a museum, person, project or a group of people who have demonstrated the most unusual, daring and, perhaps, controversial achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museum in the society and carries forward the spirit of Kenneth Hudson. The Kenneth Hudson Award winner is chosen by the EMF Board of Trustees.
The Silletto Prize
This prize goes to a museum which has in the past two years demonstrated excellence in involving its local community in planning and developing museum and heritage projects or has attracted outstanding support from its work with volunteers with the goal to enhance the public quality of the museum.
A number of special awards are also given to museums that have developed a new and innovative aspect of their public service and from which other European museums can learn.
EMYA 40th Anniversary
How EMYA was established
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was set up in 1976 and the scheme was launched in 1977 by Kenneth Hudson and John Letts under the auspices of the Council of Europe, as a means of identifying and publicising outstanding new achievements and ideas within the museum field. Today it is run by the European Museum Forum which is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom.
From the beginning, its policy and activities have been controlled by an international committee of men and women influential and distinguished within the cultural life of Europe. The headquarters have been located in the United Kingdom (Bath, Bristol, Liverpool), in France (Paris) and currently in Italy (Milan).
Over the past 40 years the members of EMYA’s Judging Panel have visited about 2000 new and reorganised museums throughout Europe. As a consequence of this, experts from the EMYA network have accumulated a unique body of experience and have come to be regarded as a valuable source of information and impartial advice to various stakeholders.
In the course of time EMYA and the Council of Europe Museum Prize have shown consistent growth, in quantity and quality, thanks to the immense voluntary work of people from the network: Trustees, members of the Judging Panel, National Correspondents, partner organisations and the supporters.
On 3-6 May 2017 we shall be holding our annual Ceremony in Croatia. To celebrate our 40th anniversary, different museum venues will be hosting us so that we can reflect the richness and diversity of the museum sector. Join us in this celebration, meet the people who make it happen, and discover why EMYA is a leading model for promoting excellence in museums.
EMYA 2017 Nominees
Newly built Museums – Hubs of best practices
We are delighted to reveal the 46 nominees for the European Museum of the Year Award 2017:
the Judging Panel received applications from 24 member countries of the Council of Europe.
Muzeu Kombëtar i Fotografisë “Marubi”
“Marubi” National Museum of Photography
Muzej Franjevačkog samostana Fojnica
Museum of the Franciscan monastery Fojnica
Fojnica, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Muzej Sinjske alke
The Museum of Alka of Sinj
Home of the Viking Kings
Den Gamle By. Danmarks Købstadmuseum
The Old Town. National Open-Air Museum of Urban History and Culture
Aarhus C, Denmark
RAGNAROCK – museet for pop, rock og ungdomskultur
RAGNAROCK – museum of pop, rock and youth culture
Eesti Tervishoiu Muuseum
Estonian Health Care Museum
Suomen maatalousmuseo Sarka
Sarka - The Finnish Musum of Agriculture
Mémorial ACTe, Centre caribéen d’expressions et de mémoire de la traite et de l’esclavage
Mémorial ACTe, Caribbean Center of Expressions and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery
Musée de Pont-Aven
Pont-Aven Museum of Art
Musée des Confluences
Musée national Picasso-Paris
Begas Haus – Museum für Kunst und Regionalgeschichte Heinsberg
Begas House – Heinsberg Museum of Art and Regional History
German Football Museum
The Roman Mine of Meurin
Αρχαιολογικο Μουσειο Ηρακλειου
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
GPO Witness History Visitor Centre
Messner Mountain Museum Corones
Pieve di Marebbe, Italy
Museo Archeologico Virtuale (MAV)
Virtual Archaeological Museum
Herculaneum (Naples, Italy)
Huis van Hilde Archeologiecentrum Provincie Noord-Holland
House of Hilde, Archaeological Centre of the Province of North Holland
Castricum, The Netherlands
Museum Square Limburg
Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Rindal Skimuseum; avdeling i Stiftelsen Nordmøre museum
Rindal Ski Museum, a division of Nordmøre Museum Foundation (regional museum)
Muzeum Emigracji w Gdyni
Emigration Museum in Gdynia
Muzeum Toruńskiego Piernika, Oddział Muzeum Okręgowego w Toruniu
The Museum of Toruń Gingerbread, department of the District Museum in Toruń
Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice
Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie
Royal Łazienki Museum
Museu do Dinheiro
Museu de Leiria
Музейно-Творческий Кластер «Коломенский Посад»
Kolomna Old Merchant District Creative and Museum Cluster
Kolomna, Moscow Region, Russia
Музей первого президента России Б.Н. Ельцина
Museum of the First President of Russia Boris Yeltsin
Jeremija – Srpski muzej hleba
Jeremija – The Serbian Museum of Bread
Muzej in Galerije Mesta Ljubljane - Plečnikova Hiša
Museum And Galleries of Ljubljana - Plečnik House
Parque Etnográfico Pirámides de Güímar
Ethnographic Park Pyramids of Guimar
Swedish National Museum of Science & Technology
MEG – Musée d’ethnographie de Genève
MEG – Museum of ethnography, Geneva
Museum Burg Zug
Zug Castle Museum
Rathaus Sempach. Museum und Menschen
Sempach Town Hall: A Museum for and about People
Besuchszentrum Schweizerische Vogelwarte Sempach
Visitor Centre Swiss Ornithological Institute Sempach
York Art Gallery
York, United Kingdom
All candidates are considered by the EMYA Judging Panel, which is an independent international expert body appointed by the EMF Board of Trustees. EMYA 2017 Judging Panel is chaired by Jose Gameiro, Portugal.
Nominated museums are expected to present themselves during the EMF Assembly and EMYA Ceremony 2017, which will take place from 3 to 6 May 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Save the dates in May 3-6 to join us, do not miss the chance to attend the presentation of the EMYA 2017 candidates in Zagreb.