European Museum Awards crown most innovative institutions

Stralsund Oceanographic Museum, in Northern Germany, won the European Museum of the Year Award for 2010 in a ceremony organized for the 33rd edition by the European Museum Forum (EMF) held in Tampere, Finland on May 22.

This premier museum award in Europe crowned Stralsund Ozeaneum Museum, inaugurated in 2008, a museum that "has succeeded brilliantly in interpreting its scientific data in a clear way to make it understandable to a wide range of visitors, and uses many visual images which will be long remembered," said Mikhail Gnedovsky, EMF chairman during the ceremony.

Forty-two new or revamped museums competed for the title of European Museum of the Year: the following museums didn't get the award but received special acclaim from the jury: the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, the Science Gallery in Dublin, and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.

Other awards included the Council of Europe's annual museum prize -also judged by EMF- which went to the Museum of Portimao in Southern Portugal.

Two other awards were given: the Micheletti Award, for the most promising technical or industrial museum, that went to Agbar Water Museum, Cornellà de Llobregat (Spain), while the first Kenneth Hudson prize went to the Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna (Austria), for its unconventional achievement.

The EMF operates under the umbrella of the Council of Europe and is one of the leading organizations in Europe that aims to develop the public quality of European museums. They are located in Liverpool, England.

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