The Design Museum in London has won the prestigious accolade of being the European Museum of the Year 2018.
On Monday (May 14th), the gallery was named as the most “inspiring” of the top 40 museums around Europe and marked the seventh British win for the title in its 41-year history of the prize.
A spokesperson for the European Museum Forum, which awards the accolade, said: “It sets its collections in the context of global technological and cultural knowledge, providing a high level of interactivity, establishing an important democratic and multi-layered intercultural dialogue.”
The museum was also praised for not losing its identity when it moved to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington in 2016.
The spokesperson added that its re-launch, which comprised many new activities and interactive museum displays, provided “an impressive and memorable experience for its visitors of all ages”.
Alice Black, co-director of the Design Museum, said the title was a “remarkable achievement”. This will be particularly the case as it beat other formidable galleries around Europe for the gong, including the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Museo dell’Opera del Duoma in Florence, and the Helsinki City Museum in Finland.
Last year, the award was handed to MEG – Museum of Ethnography in Switzerland’s Geneva in a ceremony held in Zagreb, Croatia. The EMYA trophy – Mother and Child: Egg Form by Henry Moore – was presented to the Design Museum at prize-giving event in Warsaw, Poland, earlier this week as part of the Niepodlegla Programme 2017-2021.