European Museum of the Year Award 2024 presented to the Sami Museum

ICOM UK sends congratulations to the Sámi Museum Siida, Finland, which has won the European Museum of the Year Award 2024.

The Sámi Museum Siida is the only museum in Finland to actively collect Sámi cultural heritage by preserving, safeguarding, and presenting Sámi tangible and intangible cultural heritage and conducting collections-based research. The museum, founded in 1959 and housed in its own building since 1998, was fully refurbished and reopened in 2022 to include renovated public spaces and a nature centre. The new museum has been created for, by, and with the Sami communities as a safe place to collect Sámi heritage and to bring it front and centre in a contemporary cultural dialogue.

Other prizes went to the Sybir Memorial Museum in Poland which won the Council of Europe Museum Prize for upholding human rights, and the Kalamaja Museum in Estonia which won the community engagement prize.