The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was presented on 9 April 2016 at the ceremony held in San Sebastian, Spain. We are proud to announce that this prestigious title was awarded to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews who was among 49 nominees from 24 countries. Professor Dariusz Stola, Director of the museum received the EMYA trophy, The Egg by Henry Moore, which POLIN Museum will keep for one year.
EMYA award goes to a museum which contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying its visitors with unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility.
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognizing excellence in the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes in a museum world which still took the more traditional view to focus exclusively on collections rather than on their use for the benefit of society.
EMYA has proved to be the longest running and most prestigious museum award in Europe and is an important occasion for promoting innovative approaches in the museum sector throughout the whole continent.