The closing ceremony of the European Museum of the Year Awards (EMYA) took place on Saturday evening in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) capital Sarajevo, awarding the best museum in 2019.
The award was given to the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave Leiden from the Netherlands, the official EMYA website stated on Saturday.
The award was given to a museum that shows excellence in all aspects of its activity, and innovation and creativity in access and emphasizes the dimension of human rights and the importance of dialogue.
During the four-day conference “European Museum of the Year”, experts from more than 100 European museums gathered in Sarajevo, exchanged experiences and discussed the role of museums.
The “War Childhood Museum” from BiH had the role of the host, together with the European Museum Forum, worked on the implementation of the event themed “Innovation in European Museums”.
EMYA was founded in 1977, by Kenneth Hudson and Richard Hoggart, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, in order to recognize excellence in the European museum sector, stimulate the international exchange of ideas and create networks of inspiration. Enditem
EMYA is the oldest and most prestigious museum award in Europe which goes to a museum which demonstrates excellence across all aspects of its functions, but especially in public quality – the way it welcomes and engages visitors.