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Two Greek museums vie for prestigious European award

The European Museum of the Year Awards are set to be held in May, with a possible Greek win

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The Archaeological Museum of Thebes.

12 January 2018

The prestigious awards, EMYA, recognising excellence in the European museum sector has seen two museums in Greece, The Archaeological Museum of Thebes and the Diachronic Museum of Larissa are nominated in a list of 40 other cultural heavyweights.

The museum in Thebes houses artefacts representing millennia of continuous human activity in Boeotia. In Larissa, the Diachronic Museum is home to archaeological Byzantine, Palaeolithic and Neolithic finds.

According to EMYA the award is "given to a museum which contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying visitors with a unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility."

They said past winners all developed something special and changed the standards of quality in all museums within Europe such as the 2017 winner, The Museum of Ethnography in Geneva, Switzerland, which received the EMYA trophy, The Egg, by Henry Monroe.

Winners will be announced at the EMYA Award ceremony during the annual assembly of the European Museum Forum in Warsaw, Poland, 9-12 May.

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