EMYA2020 - EMYA2021
Thursday May 6th, 2021 was the date for the announcement and celebration of the EMYA2020 and the EMYA2021 winners.
Organised by the European Museum Forum and hosted by the Yeltsin Center, Russia, the European Museum of the Year Awards 2020 and 2021 took place as a public, online event with all the 88 nominated museums (61 EMYA2020 and 27 EMYA2021 nominees) – a pale substitute for our traditional, rich and intense annual conference and award ceremony. But please, do explore candidates’ own video presentations in EMYA2020 and EMYA2021 sections of our website. While we cannot physically meet, exchange and celebrate in the ways we usually do, the candidate museums for EMYA2020 and EMYA2021 are as interesting and innovative as every year, their accomplishments as impressive as every year, and their efforts should be no less appreciated.
To explore more about the winners and candidates for both years, please check the EMYA2020 and EMYA2021 sections of our website.
As this will be the first time the candidates of two consecutive years are awarded, the winners will host their statuettes for a 6 month period. The EMYA2020 winners will host the EMYA statuettes from May 2021 to November 2021. Then, the statuettes will be transferred to the EMYA2021 winners, who will host them from November 2021 to May 2022.
European Museum of the Year Award
The European Museum of the Year Award and the series of related awards are given out each year at the annual conference and award ceremony.
The rigorous judging process involving visits to up to 60 museums culminates in an annual conference with the participation of 250 - 300 leading museum professionals, at which the candidates present their museums, the winners are announced, and the underlying values and innovative ideas in the European museum field are discussed, renewed and reinterpreted.
With EMYA’s accumulated 40 years of traditions and insights into the societal and community needs, which drive, create, develop and sustain museums as crucial civic spaces for the exploration of Europe’s heritage, the conference serves as a continuous benchmark for innovation and best practices for the sector.