The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA
) was founded in 1977, by the now legendary Kenneth Hudson and Richard Hoggart, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognizing excellence in the European museum sector, and of encouraging innovative processes in a museum world, which still took the more traditional view of focusing on collections rather than on their use for the benefit of society.
Museums nominated for EMYA are those which appeal to the public in a special way or have a unique atmosphere.
The museum is currently housing the EMYA trophy: a sculpture by English artist Henry Moore called "The Egg." It goes on loan to the winning museum for the year, and is then passed on to the next museum that receives the award.
award is the most prestigious of its kind in Europe and began in 1977, making 2011 the 34th award.
Although holding of such an event in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is of great importance for the affirmation of BiH cultural scene, it should be emphasized that this is the first time that domestic museums have the opportunity to present their work and activities in the official EMYA conference program.
Every year the most innovative museums in Europe gather at the EMYA Conference and Awards Ceremony to showcase their work, to network, and to learn from each other.