The Emigration Museum in Gdynia has entered the final of the EMYA 2017 – European Museum of the Year. The best museum facility in Europe will be announced in May 2017 during the gala of the jubilee 40th edition of the award in Zagreb.
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) has been given since 1977 by the European Museum Forum, which operates under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The EMYA is awarded to museums which attract the most guests, create a unique atmosphere, propose interesting interpretations and presentations of their collections and have a creative attitude to education and social responsibility.
Some of the previous winners are the POLIN Museum of the History of Plish Jews in Warsaw (2016) or Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (2015). The awarded institution receives the title and challenge statuette The Egg by an English sculptor Henry Moore for a year.
This year, the jury has chosen 46 facilities from 24 countries. There were three other Polish institutions among the finalists - The Royal Łazienki Museum, Silesian Museum in Katowice and Museum of Toruń Gingerbread.
The final of the 40th edition will be held in Zagreb on 3rd-6th May 2017.