The Ghent University Museum (GUM) was honored Saturday with a special mention during the 2022 European Museum Awards Ceremony presented at the National Museum of Estonia in Tartu. Despite four nominations, Belgium did not win any awards.
The 2022 European Museum Prize went to the Museum of the Mind in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The Council of Europe award went to Nano Nagle Place in Ireland, and the Local People’s Participation and Commitment Award went to the Museum of Shoemaking and Industry in Spain. Finally, the Museum of the University of Bergen (Norway) won the Museum’s Award for Hospitality and Inclusion, while the Award for Sustainable Management went to Holmegård Fark in Denmark.
Four Belgian museums were nominated for an award: the Royal Belgian Library Museum, the Migration Museum in Molenbeek, the L Museum at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve and the University Museum of Ghent.
This chewing gum got a special mention. “GUM is an excellent example of how a museum can stimulate public interest in scientific topics, create a pleasant and stimulating atmosphere for all visitors and expose the intricacies of scientific topics through a playful and innovative approach. The museum tells a human story in a very humane way,” the jury praised.
The awards were created in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe with the aim of recognizing excellence in the world of European museums. The award focuses not so much on the quality or quantity of the collection, but primarily on the general atmosphere that visitors find in the museum.
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