Riverside Museum: Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel wins European Museum of the Year Award 2013
The 2013 European Museum of the Year Award goes to the Riverside Museum: Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow, United Kingdom. The European Museum Forum presented three further awards and four special commendations to museums demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering public quality.
Tongeren, Belgium, 18 May 2013 - The European Museum Forum (EMF) has awarded the Riverside Museum: Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, with the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) 2013 at a special award ceremony on 18 May 2013. This year the EMF Annual Assembly and the Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Gallo Romans Museum in Tongeren in Belgium, EMYA Winner in 2011. More than 150 people came together in a three day event celebrating innovation and public quality in museums across Europe. The event culminated in a prestigious Awards Ceremony in the beautiful Basilica in Tongeren on 18 May, coinciding with International Museum Day 2013.
The Riverside Museum demonstrates brilliantly how a specialist transport collection can renew its relevance through active engagement with wider social and universal issues. The EMYA 2013 Judging Panel agreed unanimously that the museum fulfils the EMYA criteria of 'public quality' at the highest level.
The main prizes were given out by Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and culture and by Igor Philtjens, Vice Governor of the Province of Limburg. Vice Governor Igor Philtjens. “The province of Limburg invests in the quality of its museums, also in economic difficult times. We truly believe in the added value of our efforts. This event is an ideal occasion to put our ambitions in the spotlight all over Europe”.