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Winner of the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 is the Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands

EMYA 2015 winners

Congratulations to all proud winners attending the 2015 Awards

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was presented at the 2015 Award Ceremony hosted by the Riverside Museum in Glasgow - Winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award. The award scheme celebrates 38 year of excellence and innovation in museums across Europe.

The 2015 Awards were announced on 16 May in presence of over 200 people from 29 European countries.

The results of the 2015 Awards are as follows.


EMYA 2015

The European Museum of the Year Award 2015 goes to Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The museum received the EMYA trophy The Egg, by Henry Moore, which it will keep for one year.

This world-famous museum was closed for almost a decade to allow for a complete overhaul of the building, which enabled the creation of new concourse spaces, much better visitor services and circulation. The stunning restoration of original wall-paintings, the elegant rehang of its world-famous paintings, the Museum’s new historic galleries which integrate all the collections, a new Asian Art pavilion and a new medieval gallery: all celebrate the range and depth of the Museum’s collections vividly. The renewed Rijksmuseum offers impressive multilingual guidance to its visitors, witty and thought-provoking interventions in the galleries, and a state-of-the-art website for virtual visitors. Not immediately obvious to the visitor are the museum’s diverse educational and outreach programmes. The ambition to “reach every child in the Netherlands by the age of twelve” is notable, impressive and achievable. This is a great museum, at the height of its powers, providing a rich experience to the public, and a socially aware outreach programme for visitors of all ages.

The Silletto Prize 2015

The Silletto Prize recognises excellence in working with the local community and involving volunteers. It goes to The Familistère at Guise, France.

In Guise, a little town in the north of France, 19th century manufacturer Godin created a phalanstery, the Familistère. In this ‘social palace’, he created large pavilions with apartments for the workers, but also schools, shops, a theatre, a swimming-pool and gardens. Today’s museum evokes the history of the site and the factory. Visitors and inhabitants of the site participate in the same activities as the 19th century workers. The Familistère works with volunteers to offer guided tours and PR content, but the Museum also involves inhabitants of the site in outreach activities. The Judging Panel was impressed by the way the museum both illustrates the past and links it to the present, whilst at the same time being a living museum. It has heroically saved a heritage site and made it flourish again. The museum restores pride to the local community and shows how today’s cultural and economic activities, rooted in the heritage of a site, can help the regeneration of a town following a deep economic crisis.

The Kenneth Hudson Award 2015

The Kenneth Hudson Award is given in recognition of the most unusual and daring achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in society. It goes to The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland.

The museum has transcended the boundaries of a typical corporate museum and recomposed its vast and constantly growing collection into an emotionally touching and engaging story. The story is about compassion and timely help to those in need, about hope and perseverance in finding lost family members, and restoring someone's trampled dignity. Documentary accounts of witnesses are masterfully woven into the ambience. The newly redesigned exhibition appeals to the emotive mechanisms of perception, and touches on the topic of strong moral values. The Judges were particularly impressed by the Museum’s decision to choose three famous designers from different cultural backgrounds to visualise three major topics of the permanent exhibition. This, they felt, was a bold manifestation of true cultural diversity and as such represented an outstanding aspect of the Museum, which elevated it to the position of a prize winner.

Special Commendations 2015

The following museums have received Special Commendations from the EMYA Judging Panel:

The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Haltia, Finland (Special Commendation for Sustainability)

From its building materials to its energy-saving green technology, Haltia has been planned as an exemplar for the relationship between man and nature. The museum takes on the role not only of educating young people about nature, but also addressing the question of man's capability to cope on this planet, and carries a message for the future about the possibility of long term sustainability.

meyvaertThe Special Commendation for Sustainability is supported by Meyvaert Museum.


Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp, Belgium

Using its collections alongside clever montage, interactive media, poignant and relevant objects, the museum presents the story of migration through the city and port of Antwerp from 1840 to 1930.  It meditates on migration as an intrinsic part of human heritage and includes in its outreach programmes the new immigrant communities in its hinterland.

MUSE: Museo delle Scienze (Science Museum), Trento, Italy

This museum represents innovation and creativity in all of its museum functions. Stimulating the relationship between nature, science and society, the Muse: Science Museum demonstrates great commitment to the democratization of access, exploration and discovery and awareness of current issues in the relationship between nature, natural heritage and environmental sustainability.

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, UK

This museum is awarded for the beautifully designed building which accommodates the restored warship, and its valuable educational and inclusive outreach programmes. The nature of its conservation and scientific research makes the museum a leader in the world of maritime archaeology and a laboratory for the rescue of organic material from underwater sites.  The exceptional way in which it presents this to the public sets a new standard for museums of its kind.

Vorarlberg Museum, Vorarlberg, Austria

The Voralberg Museum shows courage in questioning preconceived ideas and is awarded for its open and deconstructive approach in the exploration of local and regional identities. Its passion and commitment to its core purpose make it stand out amongst museums of its type.


The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2015

Announced earlier this year, the Council of Europe Museum Prize and the accompanying trophy, La femme aux beaux seins by Joan Miró, has gone to MuCEM: Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, Marseille, France.

The museum’s concept is based on the idea of the Mediterranean as the founding basin of European civilisation. How the idea of citizenship was born in cities around the Mediterranean is addressed in the museum, forcing the visitor to reflect upon – and be challenged by – the different perspectives on European history, to deal with the complexity of Europe and the Mediterranean world, to explore differences and visions, from the birth of Europe, through its evolution, right up to the present day and contemporary, society-wide issues. The Museum’s concept and programme show how a museum can extend its scope and mission – from traditional scientific, historical and cultural functions to a focus on the citizen, and to urban and social dimensions. The planning of the building and its site, the organising principles, the democratising ideal of shared use of the spaces with the city, turn MuCEM into a 21st century agora, an outstanding urban solution, and a landmark for the city of Marseille and the region. The Museum builds a permanent bridge between European and Mediterranean cultures.


Event/EMF travel grants programme PDF Print E-mail

Event/EMF travel grants programme for travel to Glasgow has been launched!

European Museum Forum (EMF) is happy to announce that a travel grants programme for those attending the 2015 EMF Assembly and European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) Ceremony, to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, on 13–16 May 2015, is now open for applications.

The programme has been initiated and supported by Event Communications Ltd. (Event), a British museum and attraction design company. Both Event and EMF have contributed to the grant fund. The programme is operated by EMF.

6 travel grants of €500 each will be awarded to individuals for travel to Glasgow.

The grants will be awarded by a Selection Committee that includes representatives of Event, EMF Board of Trustees and EMYA Judging Panel.

Individuals belonging to one of the following categories are eligible for the Event/EMF travel grants:

(1) Representatives of museums nominated for EMYA 2015 (NMs): see the list of Nominated Museums at http://www.europeanmuseumforum.info/emya/emya-2015.html

(2) EMF National Correspondents (NCs): see the list of EMF National Correspondents at http://www.europeanmuseumforum.info/emf/national-correspondents.html

Applicants are expected to send an informal letter of application addressed to the Event/EMF travel grants programme Selection Committee (see guidelines below). The letter should not exceed one printed page and should include a photograph of yourself. Please provide us with your motivation for applying and/or describe what the bursary would mean to you.  It should be sent as an email attachment to Matthew Guichard, EMF Administrator, at emf@icom.museum

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2015. The travel grant winners will be announced by 1 May 2015.

The travel grants are not accountable: it is up to a grantee whether the money is spent for travel, accommodation or participation fee. No financial report is required. However, a winner of the travel grant shall attend the Assembly and Ceremony in Glasgow for the whole time of the duration of these events. In the case of no-show, the grant shall be returned to EMF by the grantee and given over to the next person on the list.

While in Glasgow, the winners of Event/EMF travel grants are invited to have a drink with representatives of Event Communications, EMF Board of Trustees and EMYA Judging Panel the evening before the main conference begins (13th May). Please inform us in advance if you don’t feel comfortable in English.

The winners of Event/EMF travel grants will be requested to complete a short survey after the event in Glasgow, describing what they got out of attending EMYA.

Guidelines for applicants:

In the letter of application, please include a photograph of you, indicate to which group of eligible candidates you belong (NM representative or NC), your institutional affiliation and position, explaining why the institution cannot cover your expenses for the trip to Glasgow.

If you are an NM representative, please mention your role in the project and whether you are going to participate, personally, in the interview sessions held during the EMF Assembly. Are other representatives of your museum attending the Glasgow event?

If you are an EMF NC, please describe, briefly, your activities as an NC, especially during the EMYA 2015 cycle. Have any museums from your country been nominated for the award? Have you provided any assistance to them during the application process or during the Judges’ visit to these museums?

Please provide us with your motivation for applying and/or describe what the bursary would mean to you, along with any other information you deem relevant.

For questions and additional information please write to Matthew Guichard, EMF Administrator, at emf@icom.museum

EMYA 2015 Travel Grants winners

Zvjezdana Antos – EMF National Correspondent, Croatia

Branka Babic – National Museum Zrenjanin, Serbia

Dajana Dejedovic – Centre for Culture ‘Vuk Karadzic’, Serbia

Yuliya Glazyrina – Perm Regional Museum, Russia

Tetiana Sosnowska – Pavlo Tychyna Memorial Museum, Ukraine

Alice Willmitzer – Limemuseum, Germany

EMF Annual Assembly and EMYA 2015 Ceremony Registration Open PDF Print E-mail


We are delighted to invite you to the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) event which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th May 2015. For the past 38 years EMYA has stood for public quality, creativity and innovation in the museum field. It gathers together small, medium and large museums with one thing in common – outstanding excellence!

More than 200 participants come together every year from across all of Europe. They meet to discuss points of view, themes and issues that affect museums. This year, forty two candidates from 21 countries are in the competition for the prestigious annual awards and the title of European Museum of the Year. Using inspiring stories, dramatic buildings and innovative solutions to make their collections shine and engage with diverse audiences, these museums and galleries represent a wide range of collections and approaches to interpretation and visitor service.

The event offers workshops, panels, interviews with candidates and a range of social gatherings in which to meet colleagues informally. On the Pre-Conference Day (13/5/15) at Glasgow’s eCult Dialogue Day, a workshop titled Museums: Responding to the digital world will take place. A range of speakers will focus on how museums can foster a culture of digital integration across departments within their wider organizations and explore what ‘digital’ means for museums. Presentations will discuss: creating and implementing a digital strategy that works, effectively managing the challenges and opportunities of social media, roles and staffing and how to build support and develop skills using technology in museums.

The Festival of Museums in Scotland will create an additional spark during EMYA 2015.

Your host for EMYA 2015 is Glasgow Life, which manages Glasgow Museums and during the course of 4 days, historic sights and museums of the city will open their doors to EMYA participants. Visits to award winning museums, containing one of the finest civic collections in Europe, will feature as optional tours on the itinerary, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the People’s Palace, the Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) and of course Riverside Museum, winner of the European Museum of the Year award 2013.

Our host city Glasgow is offering not only wonderful museums, but an internationally recognized creative spirit. As Scotland's largest city, Glasgow is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people.

The main programme for EMYA 2015 will take place at the stunning Mitchell Library in central Glasgow, one of Europe’s largest public reference libraries, the hub of the city’s information service.

Save the date! Make sure you’re at EMYA 2015 - the museum event that matters.

Goranka Horjan
Chair of the European Museum Forum, Trust of EMYA

Registration now open : www.glasgowlife.org.uk


EMYA 2015 - Glasgow, Scotland PDF Print E-mail

Ms. Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive from Glasgow Life, and Ms. Goranka Horjan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the European Museum Forum in Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow

On Monday 26th January 2015 the agreement to host the annual European Museum of the Year Award was signed between Ms. Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive from Glasgow Life, and Ms. Goranka Horjan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the European Museum Forum in Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.  The event will include several cultural institutions in the city who are preparing interesting programmes for the participants. Goranka Horjan and Benedetta Tijana, EMF Trustee, held several meetings  with the team led by Lawrence Fitzgerald, Riverside Museum Manager, in order to make necessary preparations.

Interviews, eCult workshop and panels will be hosted by the Mitchell Library, while the side events will occur at GOMA, the Burrell Collection, People’s Palace and Kelvingrove. The final EMYA 2015 ceremony will be organized in the Riverside Museum, the winner of the EMYA in 2013.

EMYA 2015 is the event that matters and the place to be in May. The call for the registration of the participants is going out on Monday 2nd February 2015 and do not miss the early-bird registration.

EMYA 2015 Nominees PDF Print E-mail



The European Museum Forum is delighted to reveal the 42 nominees for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015. The judging panel received applications from 21 member countries of the Council of Europe.




European Museum of the Year 2015 Award – Nominations

Alpinarium Galtür Documentation GmbH, Galtür, Austria

Vorarlberg museum , Vorarlberg, Austria

Maiden Tower, Baku, Azerbaijan

Museum on the Yser, Diksmuide, Belgium

Red Star Line Museum, Antwerpen, Belgium

Faust Vrančić Memorial Centre, Prvić Luka, Croatia

Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark

Forssa Museum, Forssa, Finland

The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia , Espoo, Finland

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Marseille, France

MuPop, Montluçon, France

The Familistère at Guise, Guise, France

"Wind Force 10" Shipwreck and Fisheries Museum, Cuxhaven, Germany

LIMESEUM at Ruffenhofen Roman Park, Wittelshofen, Germany

Kaufbeuren Museum of Local History , Kaufbeuren, Germany

State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, Munich, Germany

Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin, Germany

Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, Greece

MUSE – Science Museum, Trento, Italy

The Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway

National Maritime Museum, Gdansk, Poland

Perm Regional Museum: Museum of Permian Antiquities, Perm, Russia

Federal State-Financed Institution of Culture The State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia

Cultural institution of national importance, Loznica, Tršić / Loznica, Serbia

National Museum in Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia

Ene.térmica , LEÓN, Spain

VINSEUM, Museum of the Wine Cultures of Catalonia, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain

Naval Museum, Karlskrona, Sweden

Sasso San Gottardo, Airolo, Switzerland

Swiss National Museum – Château de Prangins, Prangins, Switzerland

Watch Museum – Joux Valley, Le Sentier, Switzerland

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland

National Archives of the Netherlands , The Hague, Netherlands

Portuguese Synagogue and Ets Haim- Livraria Montezinos, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Dutch Resistance Museum , Amsterdam, Netherlands

Aydın Archaeology Museum, Aydin, Turkey

Pavlo Tychyna Literary Memorial Museum-Apartment, Kiev, Ukraine

National Football Museum, Manchester, United Kingdom

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Titanic Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom

EMYA 2015 Judging Panel Meeting in Paris PDF Print E-mail

The Judging Panel of the European Museum Forum held its meeting on 21-22 November at ICOM Secretariat Office in Paris to determine the nominations for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 (EMYA).

The winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony traditionally closing the Annual Assembly of the European Museum Forum which will take place on 13-16 May 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.