The European Museum Forum is happy to announce the winners of the European Museum of the Year Awards for 2022. The winners in different categories under the EMYA scheme were presented on the last day of the EMYA2022 Annual Conference and Award Ceremony that was held on 4-7 May 2022 in Tartu, Estonia.


Organised by the European Museum Forum and hosted by the Estonian National Museum, the event took place in a traditional EMYA format with a physical, rich and intense annual conference and award ceremony and brought together members of the EMYA community including candidates, partners and friends.


This year, the main theme of the conference was defined as “Museums Addressing Local and Global Issues in and with Their Communities”.


The European Museum Forum expresses its gratitude to the 60 nominated museums who kept faith with EMYA in applying and in welcoming the judges in the unusual circumstances of Covid-19. Special thanks go to our host, as well as to sponsors and partners for their continuous support for EMF through these difficult years.



The European Museum Forum (EMF)/European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) is, as are other cultural organisations across the world, deeply concerned and distressed by the attack of the Russian Federation’s army on civilians and civic institutions in Ukraine.


Since the 1970s the EMF/EMYA has worked to connect cultures and to bridge social and political borders based on the values of citizenship, democracy and human rights. During this time EMYA has welcomed museum candidates and selected prize winners from all areas of Europe.


However, bearing in mind the recent events, it is with much regret that we now see it as necessary to temporarily suspend our, up to now fruitful and constructive, collaboration with Russian museums and museum professionals and their involvement in the awards, until the hostilities waged on Ukraine are deescalated and an acceptable solution negotiated.


EMF/EMYA is also working to find ways to lend positive support to museums and colleagues in Ukraine.


Jouetta Van Der Ploeg, EMF Trustee

It is a huge privilege to be a trustee of the EMF. For more than 41 years EMYA/EMF tunes into developments in European society and describes, interprets, recommends and advises on the implications of these changes for the museum and heritage sector.


EMYA through its scheme provides a unique opportunity to have a first hand experience of the current trends in the European museums and the way they deal with crises and turbulent political upheavals in this rapidly changing world. The nominated museums - either large and well-resourced or the very smallest -never fail to surprise in their diversity and ingenuity, in their commitment to supporting new ideas and public quality. More and more museums proclaim values like humanity, courage, solidarity, democracy and human rights. They fight against alienation and defend responsible citizenship.


To be part of this process is an inspiring, humbling and often emotional experience.

Amina Krvavac, Chair of the EMYA Jury

Over the past years, I have had a chance to interact with the EMYA judging panel, to learn about its work and the values it stands for, as well as its detailed evaluation process, but from the perspective of a museum candidate for one of the prizes awarded under the EMYA scheme.


In the course of this process, I understood how valuable the existence and work of EMYA is for any European museum, big or small, old or new, as it continuously inspires and motivates the museums to strive for higher quality and excellence in all aspects of their work. Becoming a judge and finding myself on the other side of the process is an incredible honour, one that comes with great responsibility to contribute to this important mission.


Joining EMYA judging panel is an incredible opportunity to get to know and work closely with an inspiring and dedicated group of professionals on promoting and advocating for excellence and innovation in the European museum sector. The privilege that comes with being an EMYA judge also lies in visiting and learning about the incredible work of nominated museums. Engaging in meaningful conversations with a very diverse pool of professionals allows for personal and professional growth, resulting in life-enriching experience.

Lora Sarıaslan, National Correspondent, Turkey

As an art historian and curator, I have been on the ‘other side’ of EMYA— managing the application process, being interviewed for the museum in which I worked, leading to a special commendation. Being a national correspondent since 2009 has enabled me to support and guide the remarkable effort of the candidate museums in compiling their applications, an experience that is simultaneously challenging and rewarding.


By focusing on the vital public role museums play, EMYA encourages museums to be socially relevant in diverse cultural, political, and historical landscapes, furthermore giving them a global platform for promotion, networking, and exchange of ideas. The multitude of collections, narratives, and experiences embodied by the participating museums present the immense breadth and depth of innovation advocated and practiced by museums in Europe. If history is defined by its attention to change over time, then this award is about history, and by being a national correspondent, you are involved in its making.