L'ETNO, Museu Valencià d'Etnologia, has been nominated, along with thirty-three other European museums, for the European Museum of the Year award in its 2023 edition, an award given by the EMYA, an entity associated with the Council of Europe. The awards ceremony will take place between 3 and 6 May 2023 at the Barcelona History Museum, at which time this year's winner will be announced. Among the other nominees are the Casa Batlló (Barcelona) and Chillida Leku (Hernani), and among the foreign nominees are the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam) and the Kunsthaus in Zurich.
The EMYA (European Museum of the Year Award) was founded in 1977 by three people closely linked to the world of museums: the British Kenneth Hudson, Richard Hoggart and John Letts, with the aim of supporting, encouraging, rewarding and showcasing excellence and innovation in the field of museums. The EMYA is part of the European Museum Forum (EMF).
The EMF/EMYA works within a general framework of commitment to citizenship, democracy and human rights, to sustainability and to overcoming cultures and social and political boundaries. The different awards of the EMYA programme reflect, represent and emphasise different aspects and dimensions of these values. Charismatic and contemporary museums such as the Estonian National Museum (2022), the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (2021) or the Stapferhaus in Lenzburg (2020) have been winners in previous editions.
The award is a recognition of the role of museums as the backbone and driving force of society, and the winning museum is internationally renowned, especially in Europe.