European Museum of the Year Award

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Logotype of the European Museum of the Year Award.

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) is 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, author Kenneth Hudson.[2] Since 1977 EMYA scheme presents two main awards: European Museum of the Year and Council of Europe Museum Prize. Later, three additional prizes were added to the scheme: The Kenneth Hudson Award, The Silletto Prize and The Portimao Museum Prize – Europe's Most Welcoming Museum.[3] Museums in 47 European countries, all members of the Council of Europe, can take part in the competition if they are newly opened or have undergone modernization or expansion in the past three years[4].

EMYA is awarded to two kinds of museums:[5]

  • Established museums that have undergone modernization or expansion during the past three years[6].
  • New museums opened to the public in the previous three years[7].
    Map of European Museum of the Year Award winning museum locations

The Fonds de dotation de l’ICOM of the International Council of Museums supports the European Museum of the Year Award.[8]

European Museum of the Year winners[edit]

Year Museum Location Country Ref
1977 Kiln at Coalport China Museum.jpg Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Ironbridge  United Kingdom
1978 Schloss Rheydt North.jpg Schloss Rheydt Museum Mönchengladbach  West Germany
1979 Museum of the Camargue Arles  France
1980 Catharijneconvent.JPG Catharine Convent Museum Utrecht  Netherlands
1981 Pli exoteriko.jpg Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Nafplio  Greece
1982 SaintDenisMuseum.jpg Museum of Art and History Saint-Denis  France
1983 Sargans schloss.jpg Museum Sarganserland Sargans   Switzerland
1984 Dubbele pakhuis met trapgevels - Enkhuizen - 20406774 - RCE.jpg Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen  Netherlands
1986 Museum of Medieval Stockholm Stockholm  Sweden
1987 BeamishEntrance.jpg Beamish Museum Stanley  United Kingdom
1988 Brandts Museum Odense  Denmark
1989 Sundsvall Museum Sundsvall  Sweden
1990 Fourmies-Trélon Regional Ecomuseum Fourmies  France
1991 NICOSIA, 11 AUGUST, 2011 140.jpg Leventio Museum Nicosia  Cyprus
1992 Landesmuseum.jpg State Museum of Technology and Work Mannheim  Germany
1993 Alta Museum.jpg Alta Museum Alta  Norway
1994 Nationalmuseet kbh.jpg National Museum of Denmark Copenhagen  Denmark
1995 Losanna, museo olimpico, ext..JPG Olympic Museum Lausanne   Switzerland
1996 Museum of the Romanian Peasant Bucharest  Romania
1997 Museum of Anatolian Civilizations Ankara  Turkey
1998 Midland Goods.jpg National Conservation Centre Liverpool  United Kingdom
1999 Musée de la carte à jouer.jpg French Museum of Playing Cards Issy-les-Moulineaux  France
2000 Bilbao - Guggenheim aurore.jpg Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Bilbao  Spain
2001 National Railway Museum York  United Kingdom [9]
2002 ChesterBeattyLibaryFrount.jpg Chester Beatty Library Dublin  Ireland [10]
2003 Victoria and Albert Museum - British Galleries London  United Kingdom [11]
2004 Fachada principal del Museo Arquológico Provincial de Alicante.jpg Archaeological Museum of Alicante Alicante  Spain
2005 Open air museum (134) (8388023287).jpg Netherlands Open Air Museum Arnhem  Netherlands
2006 CosmoCaixa - 001.jpg CosmoCaixa Barcelona  Spain
2007 Deutsches Auswandererhaus Bremerhaven.jpg German Emigration Center Bremerhaven  Germany
2008 Kumu Art Museum Tallinn  Estonia
2009 Salzburg Museum - Eingang.jpg Salzburg Museum Salzburg  Austria
2010 Ozeaneum in Stralsund, Eingang.JPG Ozeaneum Stralsund  Germany [12]
2011 Belgisch-limburg 431.JPG Gallo-Roman Museum of Tongeren Tongeren  Belgium [13]
2012 Cordoba - Medina Azahara 02.jpg Medina Azahara Museum Córdoba  Spain
2013 Riverside Museum rear view.JPG Riverside Museum Glasgow  United Kingdom
2014 The Museum of Innocence.jpg The Museum of Innocence Istanbul  Turkey
2015 Rijksmuseum from Museumplein 2523.jpg Rijksmuseum Amsterdam  Netherlands
2016 Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw 011.JPG POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Warsaw  Poland
2017 MEG Genève - nouveau bâtiment - 2014-11-26.jpg Musée d'ethnographie de Genève Geneva   Switzerland
2018 Design Museum (2) (geograph 5246509).jpg Design Museum London  United Kingdom [14]

Council of Europe Museum Prize Winners[15][16][edit]

Year Museum Location Country Ref
1977 Fundació Joan Miro outdoors view.JPG Fundació Joan Miró Barcelona  Spain
1978 Bryggens Museum 2013.JPG Bryggens Museum Bergen  Norway
1979 Municipal Museum Rüsselsheim Rüsselsheim am Main  Germany
1980 Monaghan County Museum 2016 08 25.jpg Monaghan County Museum Monaghan  Ireland
1981 Kronobageriet Stockholm Sibylle Riddar 20060524.jpg Stockholm Music Museum Stockholm  Sweden
1982 Ålands museum1.jpg Åland Museum Mariehamn  Finland
1983 Joanneum - The Provincial Museum of Styria Graz  Austria
1984 Living Museum of the Canal du Centre Thieu  Belgium
1984 National Waterways Museum, Cheshire -2.jpg National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port  United Kingdom
1987 Gutshof Britz Museum Neukölln (Alice Chodura).JPG Museum Neukölln Berlin  Germany
1988 Bayerisches Nationalmuseum - Muenchen - 2013.jpg Bavarian National Museum Munich  Germany
1988 Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales (Madrid) 07.jpg Convent of Las Descalzas Reales Museum Madrid  Spain
1989 Joods historisch museum.jpg Joods Historisch Museum Amsterdam  Netherlands
1990 Manuel da Maia Museum of Water Lisbon  Portugal
1991 German Salt Museum Lüneburg  Germany
1992 Argenta Marsh Museum Argenta, Emilia–Romagna  Italy
1993 İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri (collage) - Arkeoloji Müzesi (üstte), Eski Şark Eserleri Müzesi (solda), Çinili Köşk Müzesi (sağda).jpg İstanbul Archaeology Museums Istanbul  Turkey
1994 Provincial Museum of Lapland Rovaniemi  Finland
1995 HausDerGeschichte-Aussenansicht-Axel-Thuenker.jpg Haus der Geschichte Bonn  Germany
1996 Wien 01 Museum für angewandte Kunst a.jpg Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna Vienna  Austria
1997 Tropenmuseum.jpg Tropenmuseum Junior Amsterdam  Netherlands
1998 Museum Centre on Strelka Krasnoyarsk  Russia
1999 Lille palais des beaux arts.jpg Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille Lille  France
2000 Flanders Fields Museum.JPG In Flanders Fields Museum Ypres  Belgium
2001 Helsinki Theatre Museum Helsinki  Finland
2002 Buddenbrookhaus Lübeck  Germany
2003 Latenium mg 2215.jpg Laténium Hauterive, Neuchâtel   Switzerland
2004 Museum of Health Care Edirne  Turkey
2005 Macedonian Museums-88-Arx Byz Thessaloniknhs-391.jpg Museum of Byzantine Culture Thessaloniki  Greece
2006 MapRoomCabinetWarRoomsTrim.jpg Churchill War Rooms London  United Kingdom
2007 International Museum of the Reformation Geneva   Switzerland
2008 SvalbardMuseum.jpg Svalbard Museum Longyearbyen  Norway
2009 Zeeuws Museum Middelburg  Netherlands
2010 Portimão Museum Portimão  Portugal
2012 Kulturquartier Köln - Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Vorderseite (6904-06).jpg Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne  Germany
2013 The Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool (geograph 2978672).jpg Museum of Liverpool Liverpool  United Kingdom
2014 Baksı Museum Bayburt  Turkey
2015 Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations Marseille  France
2016 European Solidarity Centre 2015 071.jpg European Solidarity Centre Gdańsk  Poland
2017 ACTe Memorial Pointe-à-Pitre  France
2018 War Childhood Museum.jpg War Childhood Museum Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina

See also[edit]


  1. ^ European Museum Forum, Council of Europe.
  2. ^ Museum of Broken Relationships wins Kenneth Hudson Award Archived 15 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, European Cultural Foundation.
  3. ^ https://europeanforum.museum/emya-scheme/awards/
  4. ^ https://europeanforum.museum/becoming-candidate/
  5. ^ European Museum of the Year Award[permanent dead link]. BRICKS Project: Building resources for Integrated Cultural knowledge Services, 2005.
  6. ^ https://europeanforum.museum/becoming-candidate/
  7. ^ https://europeanforum.museum/becoming-candidate/
  8. ^ (in English) "ICOM Endowment Fund and European Museum Forum signed agreement for 2016 - 2019" (PDF). Europeanmuseumforum.info. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Maev Kennedy (1 May 2002). "Steaming". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  10. ^ Brian Lavery (17 July 2002). "Arts Abroad; An Irish Castle for Religious Manuscripts". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  11. ^ Jonathan Glancey (13 September 2004). "Spiralling into Oblivion". New Statesman. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  12. ^ 2010 European Museum of the Year Award, Tampere, Finland, 19–22 May 2010.
  13. ^ "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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  14. ^ Brown, Mark (14 May 2018), "Design Museum named European museum of the year", The Guardian, retrieved 7 July 2018
  15. ^ http://assembly.coe.int/Museum/PrixMuseeCE/PrizeWinners.asp
  16. ^ https://europeanforum.museum/winners/council-europe/

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