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Specially commended 1977-2017

1977    Strasbourg, France

Specially commended

  • FN Museum of Industrial Archaeology, Herstal, Belgium
  • Technical Museum, Helsinki, Finland
  • Terra Amata Museum, Nice, France
  • Municipal Museum, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
  • Historical Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Preus Foto Museum, Horten, Norway
  • International Museum of Clocks and Watches, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

1978    Aachen, Germany

Specially commended

  • Louisiana: Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
  • Centre of Oceanography, Paris, France
  • Ecomuseum, Le Cresot, France
  • Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
  • National Museum of Costume, Lisbon, Portugal
  • National Travelling Exhibitions, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Museum of London, London, United Kingdom
  • Erddig Park, Wrexham, United Kingdom

1979    Brussels, Belgium

Specially commended

  • Michel Thiery Natural History Museum, Ghent, Belgium
  • National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
  • Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • Museum of the Tropics, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Tromsø Museum, Tromsø, Norway
  • Royal Armoury, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Pierre Gianadda Foundation, Martigny, Switzerland
  • Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, St Peter Port, United Kingdom

Bank of Ireland Special Exhibitions Award

Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece - Treasures of Macedonia

Specially commended

  • Crédit Communal de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium - Brussels: Building and Rebuilding
  • Museum of Cultural History, Randers, Denmark - This is all about us; When the asphalt starts rolling; The vagabonds
  • Award for Creative Museum Management
  • Dr Alfred Waldis
  • Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland

1980    London, England

Specially commended

  • Sara Hildén Museum, Tampere, Finland
  • Museum of Art and History, Metz, France
  • PTT Museum, Riquewihr, France
  • State Museum of History and Art, Luxembourg
  • Norwegian Forestry Museum, Elverum, Norway
  • Museum of Spanish Abstract Art, Cuenca, Spain
  • Castle Museum, Hallwil, Switzerland
  • British Museum (Natural History), London, United Kingdom

Bank of Ireland Special Exhibitions Award

Museum of Ethnography and History, Povoa de Varzim, Portugal - Signs and symbols used by local fishermen

Specially commended

  • Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark - Boats of Greenland
  • Children’s Workshop, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France - The sense of touch; Colour
  • Gallery of Modern Art, Milan, Italy - Illustrations of working-class life: Attilio Pusterla and the poor man’s eating place

1981    Stockholm, Sweden

Specially commended

  • National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Museum of Prehistory of the Ile-de-France, Nemours, France
  • Museum of Gardeners and Vinegrowers, Bamberg, Germany
  • Historical Museum, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
  • The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
  • Museum of the Valley, Zogno, Italy
  • Ethnological Museum, Muro, Mallorca, Spain
  • Historical Museum, Olten, Switzerland
  • Natural History Museum, Solothurn, Switzerland
  • ‘Hunday’, National Farm and Tractor Museum, Stocksfield, United Kingdom

Bank of Ireland Special Exhibitions Award

Northern Animal Park, Emmen, Netherlands - Flowers and colours; Locomotion

Specially commended

  • People’s Palace Museum, Glasgow, United Kingdom - Glasgow stained glass
  • Museum of Mankind, London, United Kingdom - Asante, kingdom of gold
  • Royal Armoury, Stockholm, Sweden - Royal leisure

1982    Milan, Italy

Specially commended

  • National Museum of Marble, Rance, Belgium
  • Archaeological Museum, Kelheim, Germany
  • Goulandris Natural History Museum, Kifissia, Greece
  • Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna, Italy
  • Ringve Museum, Trondheim, Norway
  • Museum of Crafts and Maritime Culture, Lidköping, Sweden
  • Museum of Stained Glass, Romont, Switzerland
  • Technorama, Winterthur, Switzerland

Bank of Ireland Special Exhibitions Award

Awarded jointly to

  • The Yorkshire Museum, York, United Kingdom - The Vikings in England
  • The Guinness Museum, Dublin, Ireland - Wine of the country: a James’s Gape at Guinness and Dublin

Specially commended

  • Museum for the Blind, Brussels, Belgium - The Cathedral

1983    Paris, France

Specially commended

  • Museum of Old Technology, Grimbergen, Belgium
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Dunkirk, France
  • German Museum of Locks & Fastenings, Velbert, Germany
  • Roscrea Heritage Centre, Roscrea, Ireland
  • Museum of the Mediterranean, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Scottish Agricultural Museum, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Museum of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, United Kingdom

1984    Enkhuizen, The Netherlands

Specially commended

  • Paul Delvaux Museum, Saint-Idesbald, Belgium
  • David d’Angers Museum, Angers, France
  • Museum of Navigation, Regensburg, Germany
  • Museum of Early Industrialisation, Wuppertal, Germany
  • Fota House, Carrigtwohill, Ireland
  • Archaeological Museum, Chieti, Italy
  • Museum of Farming & Crafts of Calabria, Monterosso Calabro, Italy
  • Evaristo Valle Museum, Gijón, Spain
  • Museum of the Province of Bohuslän, Uddevalla, Sweden
  • Museum of the Horse, La Sarraz, Switzerland
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Istanbul, Turkey
  • The Burrell Collection, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, United Kingdom

Note: For administrative reasons, the judging of candidates for the 1985 and 1986 Awards took place in 1986 and the presentations were made in 1987.  It was therefore decided to refer to these as the 1987 Awards.

    1987    Durham, England

Specially commended

  • Museum of Biometeorology, Zwettl, Austria
  • Waterloo Museum, Waterloo, Belgium
  • Museum of Prehistory, Carnac, France
  • Wallpaper Museum, Rixheim, France
  • Ruhr Museum, Essen, Germany
  • New State Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art, Athens, Greece
  • Sarakatsani Folklore Museum, Serres, Greece
  • Municipal Museum, Rende Centro, Italy
  • Akershus Museum, Strømmen, Norway
  • National Theatre Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Forestry Museum, Lycksele, Sweden
  • Nature Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Alimentarium, Vevey, Switzerland
  • The Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield, United Kingdom

1988    Delphi, Greece

Specially commended

  • Provincial Museum of Modern Art, Ostend, Belgium
  • Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland
  • Museum of Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
  • Normandy Museum, Caen, France
  • ‘Tactual Museum’ of the Lighthouse for the Blind in Greece, Kallithea, Greece
  • Sa Dom’e Farra Museum, Quartu S. Elena, Italy
  • Museon, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Museum of Medieval Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Maison Tavel, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Antalya Museum, Antalya, Turkey
  • Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

1989    Basel, Switzerland

Specially commended

  • Ecomuseum of Alsace, Ungersheim, France
  • Museum of Coaches, Carriages, Carts and Wagons, Heidenheim a.d. Brenz, Germany
  • Municipal Museum, Iserlohn, Germany
  • International Lace Museum, Nordhalben, Germany
  • Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy
  • National Museum of  Roman Art, Mérida, Spain
  • The Futures’ Museum, Borlänge, Sweden
  • Bergslagen Ecomuseum, Falun, Sweden
  • Swiss Museum of Games, La-Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • Brewing and Brewery Museum, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

1990    Bologna, Italy

Specially commended

  • Heureka - The Finnish Science Centre, Vantaa, Finland
  • German Cookery Book Museum, Dortmund, Germany
  • Municipal Museum, Gütersloh, Germany
  • Røros Museum, Røros, Norway
  • Marionette Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, United Kingdom
  • National Waterways Museum, Gloucester, United Kingdom

1991    Helsinki, Finland

Specially commended

  • Moorland and Peat Museum, Heidenreichstein, Austria
  • Dairy Museum, Saukkola, Finland
  • Museum of Automata, Souillac, France
  • The Old Synagogue, Essen, Germany
  • Coastal Museum, Gratangsbotn, Norway
  • Agricultural Museum of Entre Douro e Miño, Vila do Conde, Portugal
  • House of Wheat and Bread, Echallens, Switzerland
  • Natural History Museum, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, United Kingdom

1992    Leiden, The Netherlands

Specially commended

  • National Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Océanopolis, Brest, France
  • Museum of Cretan Ethnology, Vori, Greece
  • Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Inveraray Jail, Inveraray, United Kingdom

1993    Guimaraes, Portugal

Specially commended

  • State Archaeological Museum, Konstanz, Germany
  • King Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary
  • Museum of the Olive, Imperia Oneglia, Italy
  • Municipal Museum, Loures, Portugal
  • Basel Paper Mill, Basel, Switzerland
  • Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man, United Kingdom

1994    Belfast, Northern Ireland

Specially commended

  • Historical Record of the Great War, Péronne, France
  • Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
  • Museonder, Hoenderloo, Netherlands
  • Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, Romania
  • The Tower Museum, Derry, United Kingdom
  • Museum of Farnham, Farnham, United Kingdom

1995    Västerås, Sweden

Specially commended

  • Museum of Traditional Local Culture, Spittal/Drau, Austria
  • Lapidarium of the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
  • City Museum, Helsinki, Finland
  • Westphalian Industrial Museum, Waltrop, Germany
  • Morandi Museum, Bologna, Italy
  • County Museum of Västernorrland, Härnösand, Sweden
  • Lindwurm Museum, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
  • Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Bodrum, Turkey
  • City Art Gallery, Southampton, United Kingdom

1996    Barcelona, Spain

Specially commended

  • Museum of the Práchenské Region, Písek, Czech Republic
  • Lusto - Finnish Forest Museum, Punkaharju, Finland
  • Countryside Museum, Usson-en-Forez, France
  • German Safety at Work Exhibition, Dortmund, Germany
  • Turaida Museum, Turaida, Latvia
  • Groningen Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Chiado Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Gijón Heritage Project, Gijón, Spain
  • Glassworks Museum, Hergiswil, Switzerland
  • Museum of Liverpool Life, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Micheletti Award

German Safety at Work Exhibition, Dortmund, Germany

1997    Lausanne, Switzerland

Specially commended

  • Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland
  • Historical Museum, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Lower Bavarian Museum of Prehistory, Landau, Germany
  • Historical and Ethnological Museum of Greek-Cappadocian Civilisations, Nea Karvali, Greece
  • Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Old Royal Observatory, London, United Kingdom

Micheletti Award

Municipal Museum, Idrija, Slovenia

1998    Samos, Greece

Specially commended

  • Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, Germany
  • Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, Paderborn, Germany
  • Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest, Hungary
  • Museum of the History of the City of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Michel Giacometti Museum of Work, Setúbal, Portugal
  • Vladimir & Suzdal Museum of History, Art and Architecture, Vladimir, Russia
  • Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury, United Kingdom

Micheletti Award

Ecomuseum Bergslagen, Smedjebacken, Sweden

1999    Ljubljana, Slovenia

Specially commended

  • Otto Lilienthal Museum, Anklam, Germany
  • Amedeo Lia Municipal Museum, La Spezia, Italy
  • Museum De Stadshof, Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Murska Sobota Regional Museum, Murska Sobota, Slovenia
  • Vitlycke Museum, Tanumshede, Sweden
  • Museum of Prehistory, Zug, Switzerland
  • Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Maritime Museum of Jersey, United Kingdom

Micheletti Award

Verdant Works, Dundee, United Kingdom

2000    Bonn, Germany

Specially commended

  • Siida – Sámi Museum & Northern Lapland Nature Centre, Inari, Finland
  • National Socialist Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, Germany
  • Museum of Reconstruction, Hammerfest, Norway
  • Visionarium, Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
  • Museum Estate of L. Tolstoy, Yasnaya Polyana, Russia
  • Silver Museum, Arjeplog, Sweden
  • Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Micheletti Award
  • Industrion, Kerkrade, Netherlands

2001    Pisa, Italy

Specially commended

  • Farmhouse Museum, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Museum of the City and the District, Monsummano Terme, Italy
  • Zaans Museum, Koog aan de Zaan, Netherlands
  • Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia, Velenje, Slovenia
  • Härjedalen Mountain Museum, Funäsdalen, Sweden
  • National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Micheletti Award
  • English Mill’s Cork Museum, Silves, Portugal

2002    City of Luxembourg

Specially commended

  • National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • City Museum – Street Museum,  Helsinki, Finland
  • Levi Strauss Museum ‘Jeans & Kult’, Buttenheim, Germany
  • Waterford Treasures Museum, Waterford, Ireland
  • Permafrost Museum, Igarka, Russia
  • Museum of Kyburg Castle, Kyburg, Switzerland
  • STEAM: Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, United Kingdom

Micheletti Award

Ceramics Museum of Sacavém, Portugal

2003    Copenhagen, Denmark

Specially commended

  • Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Yli-Ii, Finland
  • The Goulandris Natural History Museum – Gaia Centre for Environmental Research and Education, Kifissia, Greece
  • Danube Museum – The Hungarian Museum of Water Administration, Esztergom, Hungary
  • National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, Netherlands
  • CosmoCaixa, Alcobendas (Madrid), Spain
  • Imperial War Museum – Holocaust Exhibition, London, United Kingdom

Micheletti Award

Industrial Museum of Clockmaking, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

2004    Kifissia, Greece

Specially commended

  • La Piscine – André Diligent Museum of Art and Industry, Roubaix, France
  • House of Terror, Budapest, Hungary
  • Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, United Kingdom

Micheletti Award

Herring Era Museum, Siglufjordur, Iceland

2005    Brussels, Belgium

Specially commended

  • Saxony Museum of Industry, Chemnitz, Germany
  • Fishing Museum, Palamos, Spain
  • Mölndal Museum, Mölndal, Sweden

Micheletti Award

City of Science, Naples, Italy

2006    Lisbon, Portugal

Specially commended

  • inatura - The Natural History Adventure Experience in Dornbirn, Austria
  • ARoS Denmark, Aarhus, Denmark
  • National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Micheletti Award

Tom Tits Experiment, Södertälje, Sweden

2007    Alicante, Spain

Specially commended

  • Museum of the Bresse Region, Saint-Cyr-sur-Menthon, France
  • The Dolhuys: Museum of Psychiatry, Haarlem, Netherlands
  • The Railway Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Paul Klee Centre, Bern, Switzerland

Micheletti Award

Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Bristol, United Kingdom

2008    Dublin, Ireland

Specially commended

  • Catharijneconvent Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Museum of Almeria, Almeria, Spain
  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, London, United Kingdom

Micheletti Award

University Science Museum, Coimbra, Portugal

2009    Bursa, Turkey

Specially commended

  • Archaeological Centre of Almoina, Valencia, Spain
  • Museum of Life Stories, Speicher, Switzerland
  • Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey

Micheletti Award

Museum of the Jaeren Region, Naerbø, Norway

2010    Tampere, Finland

Specially commended

  • Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium
  • The Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Micheletti Award

Agbar Water Museum, Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain

2011    Bremerhaven, Germany

Specially commended

  • The British Music Experience, London, United Kingdom
  • Douro Museum, Peso da Regua, Portugal
  • Museum of the Artist and Story-Teller Stepan Pisakhov, Arkhangelsk, Russia
  • Museo Memoria de Andalucia, Granada, Spain
  • Schiller National Museum, Marbach, Germany
  • Tampere 1918 – Museum of the Finnish Civil War, Tampere, Finland

2012    Penafiel, Portugal

Specially commended

  • Audax Textielmuseum, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • The Museum of a Disappeared Taste – Kolomna Pastilla, Kolomna, Russia
  • The Museum of Prijepolje, Serbia
  • The People’s History Museum in Manchester, UK

2013    Tongeren, Belgium

Specially commended

  • Gobustan National Historical Artistic Preserve, Garadakh district, Azerbaijan
  • Art Museum Riga Bourse, Riga, Latvia
  • The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • San Telmo Museum, San Telmo, Spain

2014    Tallinn, Estonia

Specially commended

  • Lennusadam, Estonian Maritime Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
  • Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, A Coruña, Spain
  • Museo Occidens / Catedral de Pamplona, Spain
  • Kazerne Dossin – Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights, Mechelen, Belgium
  • Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial, Germany

2015    Glasgow, United Kingdom

Specially commended

  • The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Haltia, Finland (Special Commendation for Sustainability)
  • Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
  • MUSE: Museo delle Scienze (Science Museum), Trento, Italy
  • Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, UK
  • Vorarlberg Museum, Vorarlberg, Austria

2016    Tolosa and San Sebastian, Spain

Specially commended

  • Museum of Bibracte, Mont Beuvray, France (Special Commendation for Sustainability)
  • The Archaeological Museum of Tegea, Tegea, Greece
  • BZ ´18–´45.One Monument, One City, Two Dictatorships: permanent exhibition within the Monument to Victory, Bolzano, Italy
  • National Military Museum, Soest, The Netherlands
  • The Information Age Galleries, The Science Museum, London, United Kingdom
  • The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

2017    Zagreb, Croatia

Specially commended

  • Visitor Centre of the Swiss Ornithological Institute Sempach, Switzerland (Special Commendation for Sustainability)
  • The Old Town. National Open-Air Museum of Urban History and Culture, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Museum of Confluences, Lyon, France
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Heraklion, Greece
  • Muzeum Śląskie, Katowice, Poland
  • York Art Gallery, York, United Kingdom