Awards by EMA and partners

Art Museum Award

The Art Museum Award honours artistic projects that address current social issues.

It is a new annual award dedicated to honouring and highlighting museum projects that work with art in an innovative, pioneering and creative way in order to address or respond to current social issues that are a major challenge to our contemporary society. The award is meant to identify new role models of excellence that could function as inspiring paragons of the social role of museums. It seeks to enhance core values like dialogue, accessibility, participation, inclusion, openness and awareness.

The Art Museum Award is generously supported by, and co-organised with the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

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Luigi Micheletti Award

European prize for innovative museums in the world of contemporary history, industry and science.

The Micheletti Award is organized in cooperation with the Micheletti Foundation to highlight best practices in museums. The award focuses on innovative museums and exhibitions of 20th-century history, science, technology, industry, science centres, eco-museums, and interpretation centres. There is a special interest in new museological ideas and/or practices and in the impact of a museum on the local, regional, national and international scene.

The Award is supported by the Fondazione Luigi Micheletti, a research centre on contemporary history, and specialized in collecting and spreading material and immaterial heritage of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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2023 Micheletti Award application form (view pdf on the web)

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DASA Award

The DASA Award honours learning opportunities in museums.

The DASA Award concentrates on the quality of learning opportunities in museums. The basic criteria of this award are educational: the quality of the storyline, the learning opportunities, the creativity of the exhibition design and the programming of educational activities. Specific attention is also given to personal mediation, the interactive participation of the public and an effective mix of education and entertainment.

The DASA Award is supported by DASA Working World Exhibition in Dortmund.

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2023 EMA DASA application form (view the form on the web)

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Children in Museums Award

The Children in Museums Award is a joint venture between Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums and the European Museum Academy. The Award is generously supported by Mercis BV.

The judges are on the lookout for creative and innovative exhibitions and programmes for the age group up to 14 years old.

The judges not only value creativity and innovation but also consider the ways in which an exhibition or programme can change the course of museum thinking or museum practice, nationally as well as internationally.

How can elements of the winning exhibition or programme be incorporated into the museum field? That is why the judges pay special attention to interpretation and presentation.

2022 Children in Museums application-form (view pdf on the web)

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The Ziva Award: an Award of the Forum of Slavic Culture

The Ziva Award (from the Slavic goddess Ziva representing life, fertility and such) has been established by the Forum of Slavic Culture member countries. The European Museum Academy is involved in the jury.

The Award is meant to recognize excellence in the sector of movable and immovable heritage in a special region in Europe, promote the best practices in the tangible cultural heritage and also to stimulate exchanges of knowledge and experience throughout the member countries and beyond.

Heritage in Motion Award

The Heritage in Motion Award was launched by Europa Nostra and the European Museum Academy to gather the best multimedia products and achievements. It is an annual competition for the creators of films, games, apps, and websites on themes related to Europe’s heritage, cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. Heritage in Motion grants awards and celebrates the best multimedia achievements and products, through varied, creative and innovative means, in order to draw attention to the value of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage in all its facets.

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Museums in Short Award

The Museums in Short awards recognize the value of short films in disseminating museums’ contents in an engaging and direct way. The award is promoted by the European Museum Academy, the Fondazone Brescia Musei and Cinema Nuovo Eden and Musil – Museum of industry and Labour – in collaboration with ICOM Italia. The contest 16 open to all the different forms of videos produced by museums. In particular, the Museums in Short Awards will be given to the best short films (max. 10 min.) conceived to promote museums Or their activities and films used in permanent or temporary exhibitions.

Master Study of the Year Award

Tre European Museum Academy Master Study of the Year Award was launched by EMA in 2019. The aim is to promote high quality in research by master students of universities in Europe within relevant courses and subjects for museums.

The Announcement on the Winners of the 2020 Master Study of the Year Award.

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EMA Prize

The EMA prize 1s a once-in-a-while prize and decided by the Board of the Academy when a museum, an individual or a cultural institution is of outstanding quality, impact, or approach. It has been established with the aim of recognizing the outstanding results of organizations, researchers and cultural institutions in creating pioneering museums or producing studies and carrying on projects of European relevance which are destined to influence the development of museological discourse at the international level.

Check out EMA Awards winners list by year.