Since 2002, the Awards identify and promote best practices in the conservation and enhancement of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, stimulate cross-border exchange of knowledge throughout Europe, increase public awareness and appreciation of Europe's cultural heritage and encourage further excellent initiatives through the power of example.
Learn more about the application process online and explore the five categories of entry, as listed below, further:
- Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
- Education, Training & Skills
- Citizens Engagement & Awareness-raising
- Heritage Champions
Up to 30 heritage achievements will be awarded. Up to 5 winners will receive a Grand Prix with a monetary award of €10,000. One winner will receive the Public Choice Award, with a monetary award of €10,000, following an online vote conducted by Europa Nostra.
In 2022, three museums were awarded for their achievements:
- Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Dublin, Ireland
The Museum of Literature Ireland celebrates Ireland's literary heritage and inspires future generations to engage with the art of writing and reading. Its participatory approach aims to dismantle elitist perceptions of literature
- Museum of Urban Wooden Architecture, Vilnius, Lithuania
This 19th-century wooden building was restored using high-level craftsmanship and authentic techniques. It now houses a museum and community centre, serving as an example for other similar buildings in Vilnius and beyond.
- Proto-Industrial Architecture of the Veneto in the Age of Palladio, Italy
This three-year study of Veneto's proto-industrial heritage is unprecedented in both Italian and European contexts. It provides insight into the history of innovation and the transfer of knowledge at a European level, focusing on the merits of hydraulic power.