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The European Museum Forum and European Museum of the Year award

The European Museum Forum (EMF) provides the legal and organizational framework for the annual European Museum of the Year Award scheme (EMYA). EMF/EMYA is dedicated to promoting excellence in innovation and public quality in museum practice, encouraging networking and exchange of ideas and sustainable best practices within the sector.

EMF/EMYA works within an overall framework of a commitment to citizenship, democracy and human rights, to bridging cultures and social and political borders, and to sustainability.The different awards within the EMYA scheme reflect, represent, and
emphasize different aspects and dimensions of these values.The highly structured judging process ensures the ability to discern
professional quality, innovation and creativity across the vast differences in scale, funding, obligations and contexts of museums in Europe.

Look at the Winners of EMYA2019 here.

Our stories

"EMYA and EMF represent a set of core values around innovation and quality, but equally around cultural diversity, cultural democracy and cultural participation. These values guide the judging and award process, and our annual conferences are occasions in which these values are continuously discussed, renewed, reinterpreted, refreshed."

- Jette Sandahl, Denmark

"I like being a National Correspondent for the EMF and I appreciate the lively and international exchange and networking with museums professionals from all over Europe."

- Susann Bosshard-Kälin, Switzerland

"I have broadened my appreciation and respect for the EMYA institution, first for the incredible effort put by candidate museums in compiling their applications and for the immense breadth and depth of museum innovation and social engagement advocated and practiced by museums in Europe. Each year these museums co-create an influential network of progressive museum thinking in Europe from which all museums can benefit a great deal."

- Marlen Mouliou, Greece