The Council of Europe Museum Prize is part of the European Museum of the Year Award and decided on the basis of a shortlist. The shortlist is presented by NEMO's partner the European Museum Forum (EMF).
In its 39th year Le Mémorial ACTe was honored for its development from a memorial to "a living, dynamic place for memory of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery (connecting Africa, the Americas and Europe), but also a commemoration of the resilience of human beings," stated the Museum Prize rapporteur Adele Gambaro on Friday.
For this prize the criteria of the Council of Europe are particularly focused on, the museum that "promotes tolerance and opens up in a creative way perspectives for the future" matches these precisely.
Taking home the challenge trophy, the bronze statuette "La femme aux beaux seins" by Joan Miró, and a diploma, Le Mémorial ACTe joins a row of leading museums in the field of intercultural dialogue and European identity, such as the previous winners European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk, Poland (2016), the MUCEM in Marseille, France (2015), and the Baksi Museum in Turkey (2014).