Following the announcement of the European Museums of the Year 2017 not too long ago, the entry for the next EMYA and the Council of Europe Museum Prize was opened on 15 May 2017.
Each year museums are not only awarded the EMYA but the Council of Europe Museum Prize, the Kenneth Hudson Award, the Silletto Prize and may receive special commendations.
The Awards are open to museums first opened to the public in the past three years, OR established museums that have completed a substantial programme of modernisation, extension, reorganisation or re-interpretation during the past three years.
The European Museum of the Year Award promotes innovative museum practice and public quality in the European museum sector.
The Council of Europe Museum Prize is a unique award intended to highlight the need to preserve and promote European cultural heritage as a factor uniting the Council of Europe’s 47 member states.
Named after the founder of EMYA, the Kenneth Hudson Award recognises daring or unusual achievements of museums, projects or groups of people that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in the society.
With the Silletto Prize museums that have involved and engaged with their audiences in planning and developing museum and heritage project are being honored.
Lastly, the Special Commendations will also be given to museums that have developed a new and innovative aspect of their public service and from which other European museums can learn.
EMYA is organised by NEMO’s partner, the European Museum Forum and interested museums can apply for the awards here.
A participation fee of 500 Euro has to be submitted along with the application. Following the application the judging panel will visit the museums in the judging period between summer and autumn 2017.