Emya 2016 goes to Warsaw's Polin Museum - Museums Association

Emya 2016 goes to Warsaw’s Polin Museum

Museum on the history of Polish Jews wins top honour
Lucy Alderson
The Polin Museum in Warsaw has been named as the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award (Emya) 2016.

The museum, located on the site of what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto from 1940-1943, documents the history of Polish Jews and was awarded the prize on 9 April.

The European Museum Forum (EMF) jury honoured the museum for “serving very large and very diverse audiences” and for confronting and examining questions of the “near eradication of a whole population and destruction of a culture”.

The EMF handed out three further awards: the Council of Europe Museum Prize, the Kenneth Hudson Award and the Silletto Prize.
The Council of Europe Museum Prize went to the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk, Poland, a museum honouring the Polish Solidarity movement during the 1980s, for its significant contribution to the understanding of European cultural heritage.

Micropia in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, which is the world’s first microbe museum, was given the Kenneth Hudson Award for the most innovative and daring museum in Europe.

The Silletto award went to Vukovar City Museum in Croatia, a museum documenting the history of the Vukovar region especially during the Yugoslav Wars, for its work with the local community and volunteers.

The EMF was not the only organisation to hand out awards to museums in Europe last week. The winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, which recognise exemplary achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service and education, were announced on 7 April.
Four British museums were honoured, including the Knockando Woolmill in the Scottish Highlands, the Prehistoric Picture Project in Cambridge, Heritage Schools in Bristol and Wimpole Hall's Gothic Tower in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire. They were amongst the 28 laureates from 16 countries.

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