Awards to recognise, encourage and publicise new developments in museums and to award those which are adapting exceptionally well to the changing cultural, social and economic conditions in Europe.
The award ceremony and its associated three-day meeting takes place in a different European city each year. The ceremony attracts members of the Diplomatic Corps and leading figures in government and politics, as well as important representatives of commerce and industry.
A brochure is always published on this occasion and contains a detailed description of each candidate, a brief summary of the judges' reports and a complete list of previous winners.
The competition also includes the unique and prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize which has been running alongside EMYA since its foundation in 1977.
The European Museum Forum (EMF) is associated with the Council of Europe and is involved in far-ranging activities throughout the cultural field. The European Museum Forum is:
- A transnational European not-for-profit organisation registered as a charity in the UK.
- Committed to raising the standard of museums throughout Europe and publicising excellence.
- A point of reference for the whole museum scene.
- An information centre with wide access.
- The organiser of meetings to increase experience and knowledge.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the EMF on the Council of Europe Museum Prize was signed in Strasbourg on 31 May 2011.
The following are eligible for the Award:
- Established museums which have completed a substantial programme of modernisation, extension, reorganisation or re-interpretation during the past three years.
- New museums, first opened to the public during the past three years.
- Temporary or 'semi-permanent' exhibitions may also be eligible - however, the exhibition must be open/completed in time for the judging visit (summer - early autumn) and remain accessible until the end of the following May.
The judging Committee is looking for enterprise and innovation which is likely to have a significant influence in the national and international museum field. Special attention will be paid to imaginative interpretation and presentation, amenities, financial organisation, social responsibility, educational work, marketing and management.
Applicant organisations must submit an entry fee of €500 with their application.
Applications should be submitted online at the European Museum Forum website.