Hurtigruten Museum is considered for “European Museum of the year award 2025”

01 July 2024

The European Museum of the Year (EMYA) is a prestigious award given every year by the European Museum Forum. EMYA will contribute to promoting work that provides outstanding public experiences, is innovative and can demonstrate good, sustainable solutions in the museum sector.

It is with great pride that we can announce that the Hurtigruten Museum at Stokmarknes is part of the nomination process! It is a long and demanding process to get through the eye of the needle. The Hurtigruten Museum has now entered the “long list” of those who can be nominated.

Long and demanding process

It is a long process to get into the list of nominees. First, an application must be written from the individual museum. The jury receives a large number of applications and will sort out the museums that they believe possess special qualities. These museums end up on the “long list”. The museums must basically be distinctive and appear of high quality in both the international and national museum landscape. The museums must also be new (not have been in operation for more than 4 years before the award ceremony).

If the museum is included on the “long list”, the museum will be visited by a jury member. The jury member will visit, inspect, photograph and write a report. It will then be decided whether the museum will be included on the “shortlist” and further assessment from there. If the museum is included in the “short list”, you will receive a secret visit from a jury member. Then the jury decides whether the museum will be included in the list of the museums that are actually nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award. There are strict criteria throughout the process.

Jurybesøk EMYA

We are already very proud! The Hurtigruten Museum is among those who have now been included on the “long list” and have received an official jury visit. The jury visit to the Hurtigruten Museum took place on Friday 28 June 2024.

Jurybesøk HRM EMYA
When will the results be announced?

Everyone who has applied to be considered for EMYA will be notified in January whether the museum is among the final nominees. The nominees are invited to present their museum at EMYA’s annual conference in May. There, the winner will be announced on the last day of the conference. In addition to the main prize, a number of special prizes are awarded.

Over the years, EMYA has evolved into a series of awards, each with its own specific profile. For example, the European Council Prize is given to museums that have shown particular courage and qualities in promoting democracy, the Silletto Award is awarded to museums that have a special position in the local community – and so on.

previous winners

Since the start of EMYA, only one Norwegian museum has won EMYA’s main prize. The prize was awarded to Alta Museum in 1993. The Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg in Lofoten was among the nominees in 2013.

The Hurtigruten Museum has also previously received honour and honour

Regardless of whether the Hurtigruten Museum goes on to the list among the final nominees, we already feel like winners! Previously, the museum has been named one of the best maritime museums in Europe. Hurtigruten Museum was one of three nominees for “Museum of the Year 2024” (Norwegian Museum Association). The fact that the museum has made such a clear mark that we are actually on EMYA’s “long list” is fantastic! We are very excited to see if we fit the next eye of the needle in the process.

Photo of two happy museum men receiving the diploma
“We feel like winners! “
Says Director Geir Are Johansen and department director Brynjar Pettersen in Museum Nord.

The Norwegian Museum Association on the Emya Awards:

“The EMYA Prize is awarded to a museum that contributes to our understanding of the world in a significant way as well as contributes to the development of new paradigms and professional standards in museums. The winner demonstrates creative and imaginative approaches in the production of knowledge for interpretation, presentation and social responsibility. The museum is transparent with core values of democracy, human rights and intercultural dialogue, sustainability, inclusion and civic participation, acknowledging conflicts and having the courage to confront them.” The EMYA Prize is awarded to a museum that contributes to our understanding of the world in a significant way, as well as contributes to the development of new paradigms and professional standards in museums. The winner demonstrates creative and imaginative approaches in the production of knowledge for interpretation, presentation and social responsibility. The museum is transparent with core values of democracy, human rights and intercultural dialogue, sustainability, inclusion and civic participation, acknowledging conflicts and having the courage to confront them.

The prize was established in 1997 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the desire to recognise the exemplary nature of the European museum scene. The European Museum Forum (EMF) provides the legal and organizational framework for the annual European Museum of the Year Award scheme.”

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