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As all areas of the world grow increasingly interdependent and intertwined, and as Europe and the individual nations and regions within Europe grow increasingly diverse, the obligations increase correspondingly for museums to include and welcome all visitors, across class, gender, race, ethnicity, age, education or other differences in background.

Introduced for the first time in 2019, the Portimão Museum Prize for Welcoming, Inclusion and Belonging is sponsored by the Municipality of Portimão and celebrates a friendly atmosphere of inclusion, where all elements of the museum, its physical environment, its human qualities, its displays and public programmes, contribute to making everyone feel they are valued and respected and belong in the museum. 


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2024 - Salt Museum (Messolonghi, Greece)

Salt workers. Traditional harvesting of salt.
Photorapher-Dimitra Karetsou. Copyright-Diexodos
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Winners’ Brochure 2024

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2023 - Chillida Leku (Hernani, Spain)

Photo credit: General view of the museum with Arco de la Libertad (Arch of Freedom) in the background. Courtesy of the Estate of Eduardo Chillida and Hauser & Wirth. © Zabalaga Leku. San Sebastian, VEGAP, 2022. Photo: Mikel Chillida
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2022 - The University Museum of Bergen – Natural History (Bergen, Norway)

The University Museum of Bergen – Natural History, the 2022 Winner of the Portimão Museum Prize for Welcoming, Inclusion and Belonging.

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2021 - Gruuthusemuseum (Brugge, Belgium)

Visitors at Gruuthusemuseum © Gruuthusemuseum
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2020 - MO Museum (Vilnius, Lithuania)

MO Museum © MO Museum
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dedicated page coming soon

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2019 - Brunel’s SS Great Britain (Bristol, United Kingdom)

© Brunel's SS Great Britain
The museum’s core values are surprise, authenticity, fascination, excellence, and relevance. These are expressed in every aspect of its work, most notably in the quality of welcome provided to visitors by its highly trained and enthusiastic staff and volunteers.

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