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Award for Warsaw Museum
July 13, 2016   
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Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews has won an award from the European Museum Academy (EMA), an organization of European museum professionals. The award, known as the European Museum Academy Prize, will be presented at a ceremony in Riga, Latvia Nov. 8.

Located in central Warsaw, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews stands in a former vibrant Jewish neighborhood that was made part of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Ever since it opened in 2013, the museum has been a hit with tourists and locals alike.

According to the European Museum Academy, the Warsaw museum meets the criteria for the award “at its maximum.” In the citation, the board of the European Museum Academy said, that, in addition to being “an excellent museum,” the Museum of the History of Polish Jews is “a state-of-the-art cultural institution which reaches diverse publics all over the world. That is why it deserves the title of a ‘Total Museum.’ The diversity and variety of its activities and the scope of its aims and goals makes it a unique institution with a worldwide impact.”

The award judges also cited the museum’s impressive permanent exhibition and several of its projects, including an Information Center, the Virtual Shtetl website atwww.sztetl.org.pl/en, the Global Education Outreach Program, and the Museum on Wheels exhibition.

The European Museum Academy presents its award following recommendations from a team of experts and a host of country representatives, international associates and other organizations. Past winners include the Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy (2011) and the Europeana Foundation in The Hague in the Netherlands (2013).

The award was founded in 2010 to highlight the contribution of various organizations, academics and cultural institutions to the development of state-of-the-art museums and other major museum projects in Europe.

The award ceremony will be held in Riga, Latvia Nov. 8.

Earlier this year, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews was named the European Museum of the Year 2016 by the European Museum Forum, an organization that operates under the auspices of human rights body the Council of Europe.
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