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The judging process is aimed at identifying new developments which are likely to have a significant influence in the national and international museum field. It is a rigorous process, including long lists, site visits, written reports, second round anonymous visits for the shortlisted and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide winners.

Assessment of Applications

After the closing date for applications – usually in April or May - a review committee of the jury will assess all applications based on the eligibility criteria.

Site Visits

Each applicant on the longlist will receive a visit from a member of the jury in the summer. The visit will involve consultation with members of the museum management and a tour through the museum, for a more personalised contact and direct approach to its public quality.


Following the site visits the judges write reports on the basis of which short-lists are made. The museums that are shortlisted for one of the main awards will receive an anonymous visit from a member of the jury.

Jury Meeting

The jury reconvenes in November to review, present and discuss the site visits and decide on the nominations, special commendations and awards winners.

The Council of Europe Museum Prize

Representatives of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe join the jury meeting to review the recommendations for the Council of Europe Prize. The top three recommendations will be decided upon. The Committee reviews this shortlist, decides and announces the winner of the Council of Europe Prize in December.

The Nominees for the EMYA Awards

All the applicants for the EMYA receive a letter in January to let them know whether they are nominated. All nominees are invited to present their museum at the annual conference and attend the award ceremony, usually in May, where the winners will be announced.