The European Museum Academy fosters the exchange of ideas and experiences between museum professionals across borders.

The EMA Awards fulfil a signal function. They say: “Look at these museums. See what they realised and learn from their experiences. Because, what they achieved may help you too.”

We show the innovators, the frontrunners, the museums that are worth visiting, the projects and exhibitions that inspire.

Each year, the European Museum Academy acknowledges individuals and organisations that excel in presenting, contextualising, and interpreting art and cultural heritage. Our annual award ceremony puts them on stage.

The EMA Awards

Art Museum Award 2024

The Art Museum Award is dedicated to museum projects which focus on art in an innovative, pioneering, and creative way, addressing current social issues. It is an annual event.

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DASA Award 2024

The DASA Award puts the spotlight on educational programs and exhibitions in museums. It ranges beyond programs itself and takes learning opportunities in the broad sense of the word.

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Luigi Micheletti Award 2024

The Luigi Micheletti Award wants to identify remarkable, unique, extraordinary permanent exhibitions, with a focus on the way how content is translated into a narrative, it is, in short, history-telling.

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We archive all innovative winners of this prestigious award and present the results from recent years on a carefully curated gallery page as a source of inspiration.

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The Master Study of the Year Award recognizes outstanding master’s studies in the fields of museum studies, museology, and/or museum education. As the European Museum Academy focus is on exchange of knowledge, experience and personal contacts, this award celebrates new ideas and academic excellence from the next generations of museum professionals.

The European Museum Academy is a partner in the following (museum) award programmes:

Children in Museums Award 2024

Applications are welcomed from children’s museums; from education, children’s and youth departments in museums; science centres; and from other cultural institutions with a particular emphasis on children’s programming.

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Živa Award

The Živa Award at the same time collects interesting experiences and makes possible to share them at the transnational level. Encourages competition in order to increase the number of museums which can do better for our societies.

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Museums in short

Museums in Short awards are presented to institutions, authors or producers who use videos to enhance museum communication and engage audiences. Projects may include documentaries, animations, trailers and visual installations.

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