ABSTRACT

Revisiting Museums of Influence presents 50 portraits of a range of European museums that have made striking innovations in public quality over the past 40 years. In so doing, the book demonstrates that excellence can be found in museums no matter their subject matter, scale, or source of funding.

Written by leading professionals in the field of museology, who have acted as judges for the European Museum of the Year Award, the portraits describe museums that had, or should have had, an influence on other museums around the world. The portraits aim to capture the moment when this potential was identified, and the introduction will locate the institutions in the wider history of museums in Europe over the period, as well as drawing out common themes of change and innovation that unite the portraits.

Providing many very diverse portraits, Revisiting Museums of Influence captures the immense capacity of the museum to respond to changing societal needs. As a result, the book will be essential reading for students of museology and museum professionals around the world in shaping the museums they wish to create. Scholars and students of art history, archaeology, ethnography, anthropology, cultural and visual studies, architecture, memory studies and history will also find much to interest them.

part 1|26 pages

Introduction

part 2|202 pages

Museum portraits

chapter 1|4 pages

Ironbridge Gorge Museum

Telford, United Kingdom European Museum of the Year Award 1977
ByMassimo Negri

chapter 2|4 pages

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Copenhagen, Denmark European Museum of the Year Award 1978
ByMassimo Negri

chapter 3|4 pages

Catharine Convent State Museum

Utrecht, The Netherlands European Museum of the Year Award 1980
ByAnn Nicholls

chapter 4|4 pages

Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation ‘V. Papandoniou’

Nafplion, Greece European Museum of the Year Award 1981
ByPeter Schirmbeck

chapter 5|4 pages

Stockholm Music Museum

Stockholm, Sweden Council of Europe Museum Prize 1981
ByPeter Schirmbeck

chapter 6|4 pages

The Museum of Farming and Crafts of Calabria

Monterosso, Calabria, Italy Special Commendation 1984
ByPeter Schirmbeck

chapter 7|4 pages

Quarry Bank Mill

Styal, United Kingdom Special Commendation 1984
ByPeter Schirmbeck

chapter 8|4 pages

Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre

Vantaa, Finland Special Commendation 1990
ByWim van der Weiden

chapter 9|4 pages

The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia

Nicosia, Cyprus European Museum of the Year Award 1991
ByWim van der Weiden

chapter 10|4 pages

The Vasa Museum

Stockholm, Sweden Special Commendation 1992
ByAnn Nicholls

chapter 11|4 pages

Alta Museum

Alta, Norway European Museum of the Year Award 1993
ByAnn Nicholls

chapter 12|3 pages

Museum of the Romanian Peasant

Bucharest, Romania European Museum of the Year Award 1996
ByJ. Patrick Greene

chapter 13|4 pages

National Conservation Centre (National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside)

Liverpool, United Kingdom European Museum of the Year Award 1998
ByWim van der Weiden

chapter 14|4 pages

Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre

Krasnoyarsk, Russia Council of Europe Museum Prize 1998
ByJ. Patrick Greene

chapter 15|3 pages

Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao, Spain European Museum of the Year 2000
ByMaritta Pitkänen

chapter 16|4 pages

In Flanders Fields Museum

Ypres, Belgium Council of Europe Museum Prize 2000
ByJ. Patrick Greene

chapter 17|4 pages

Chester Beatty Library

Dublin, Ireland European Museum of the Year Award 2002
ByWim van der Weiden

chapter 18|4 pages

The British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum

London, United Kingdom European Museum of the Year Award 2003
ByMassimo Negri

chapter 19|4 pages

MARQ Archaeological Museum of Alicante

Alicante, Spain European Museum of the Year Award 2004
ByMassimo Negri

chapter 20|4 pages

La Piscine, André Diligent Art and Industrial Museum

Roubaix, France Special Commendation 2004
ByWim van der Weiden

chapter 21|4 pages

Netherlands Open-Air Museum

Arnhem, The Netherlands European Museum of the Year Award 2005
ByMikhail Gnedovsky

chapter 22|4 pages

German Emigration Centre

Bremerhaven, Germany European Museum of the Year Award 2007
ByAnn Nicholls

chapter 23|4 pages

Museum of Portimão

Portimão, Portugal Council of Europe Museum Prize 2010
ByJouetta van der Ploeg

chapter 24|4 pages

Museum of Broken Relationships

Zagreb, Croatia Kenneth Hudson Award 2011
BySirje Helme

chapter 25|4 pages

Tampere 1918 – Museum of the Finnish Civil War

Tampere, Finland Special Commendation 2011
ByMikhail Gnedovsky

chapter 26|4 pages

Madinat al-Zahra Museum

Cordoba, Spain European Museum of the Year Award 2012
ByJette Sandahl

chapter 27|4 pages

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Dublin, Ireland Kenneth Hudson Award 2012
ByJouetta van der Ploeg

chapter 28|4 pages

Archaeological Museum Ioaninna

Ioannina, Greece Candidate 2012
ByMichael Ryan

chapter 29|4 pages

Museum of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom Council of Europe Museum Prize 2013
ByJosé Gameiro

chapter 30|4 pages

National Maritime Museum

Amsterdam, The Netherlands Special Commendation 2013
ByJahangir Selimkhanov

chapter 31|4 pages

The Museum of Innocence

Istanbul, Turkey European Museum of the Year Award 2014
ByJette Sandahl

chapter 32|4 pages

Baksi Museum

Bayburt, Turkey Council of Europe Museum Prize 2014
ByJette Sandahl

chapter 33|4 pages

Žanis Lipke Memorial

Riga, Latvia Kenneth Hudson Award 2014
ByMikhail Gnedovsky

chapter 34|4 pages

Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam, The Netherlands European Museum of the Year 2015
ByMichael Ryan

chapter 35|4 pages

MuCEM – Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

Marseille, France Council of Europe Museum Prize 2015
ByJosé Gameiro

chapter 36|4 pages

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Geneva, Switzerland The Kenneth Hudson Award 2015
ByJahangir Selimkhanov

chapter 37|4 pages

The Mary Rose Museum

Portsmouth, United Kingdom Special Commendation 2015
ByMichael Ryan

chapter 38|4 pages

Sasso San Gottardo Museum

Gotthard, Switzerland Candidate 2015
ByJahangir Selimkhanov

chapter 39|4 pages

European Solidarity Centre

Gdan´sk, Poland Council of Europe Museum Prize 2016
ByJette Sandahl

chapter 40|4 pages

Odderøya Museum Harbour

Kristiansand, Norway Candidate 2016
ByJahangir Selimkhanov

chapter 41|4 pages

Benfica FC Museum and FC Porto Museum

Lisbon, Porto, Portugal Candidates 2016
ByJahangir Selimkhanov

chapter 42|4 pages

Yaroslavl Art Museum

Yaroslavl, Russia Candidate 2016
ByMichael Ryan

chapter 43|4 pages

Mémorial ACTe, Caribbean Centre of Expressions and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery

Guadeloupe, France Council of Europe Museum Prize 2017
ByJette Sandahl

chapter 44|4 pages

Museum of the First President of Russia Boris Yeltsin

Yekaterinburg, Russia The Kenneth Hudson Award 2017
ByJahangir Selimkhanov

chapter 45|4 pages

The Old Town Museum

Aarhus, Denmark Special Commendation 2017
ByJouetta van der Ploeg

chapter 46|4 pages

Museum of Confluences

Lyon, France Special Commendation 2017
ByKarmele Barandiaran

chapter 47|4 pages

Silesian Museum

Katowice, Poland Special Commendation 2017
ByMarlen Mouliou

chapter 48|4 pages

Marubi National Museum of Photography

Shkodra, Albania Candidate 2017
ByMarlen Mouliou

chapter 49|4 pages

War Childhood Museum

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of Europe Museum Prize 2018
ByMarlen Mouliou

chapter 50|4 pages

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Leiden, The Netherlands European Museum of the Year Award 2019
ByBarbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

part 3|18 pages

European Museum of the Year Awards 1977–2019