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2009 Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey

European Museum of the Year Award 2009

The 2009 Annual Meeting of the European Museum Forum took place for the first time in Turkey at the invitation of the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, on 6-9 May.192 delegates from 26 European countries took the opportunity to sample Turkish culture as well as updating themselves on the European museum situation.

The Awards Ceremony on the Saturday evening took place at the Club Altin Ceylan, with EMF Chairman Mr Stephen Harrison as master of ceremonies, and contributions from Mr Eddie O’Hara, Rapporteur on Museums, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Mr Massimo Negri, EMF Director.

Salzburg Museum, 2009 EMYA winner

The announcement of the Awards was made by Dr Wim van der Weiden, Chairman of the Judging Committee, and Mr Recep Altepe, Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, presented the 2009 European Museum of the Year Award to Salzburg Museum in Austria.

Special Commendations went to the Archaeological Centre of Almoina in Valencia, Spain; the Museum of Life Stories, Speicher, Switzerland; and the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Micheletti Award was given to the Museum of the Jaeren Region, Naerbø, Norway.

The Council of Europe Award, won by the Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg in The Netherlands, had already been presented at an earlier ceremony in Strasbourg in April.