International cooperation

Estonian museums participate in several international cooperation projects and have won some noteworthy prizes.

The Kumu Art Museum won the title of  European Museum of the year in 2008.
In 2013, the seaplane hangars of the Estonian Maritime Museum received the highest recognition in Europe for the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage – the European Union prize for cultural heritage, or Europa Nostra Grand Prix.


Main international cooperation networks

  • ICOM Eston​ian National Committee
    ICOM Estonian National Committee is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). ICOM is the world’s largest umbrella organisation for museums with more than 30,000 members. ICOM Estonian National Committee consists of approximately one hundred individual members from Estonian museums and four museums as institutional members.

  • The European Museum Forum (EMF)
    A museum organisation operating under the auspices of the Council of Europe since 1977 and has been leading discussions on the social role of museums, promoting the development of museums, handling PR, and awarding the European Museum of the Year prize.


    The European Museum of the Year Award is the most prestigious museum award in Europe, which praises innovativeness, audience-orientation and professionalism. The prise is given to a museum that has a unique atmosphere, that can raise public interest, that is creative in its presentation and interpretation of material, and that is socially responsible, imaginative and innovative in educational activities. 
    In 2014 the annual conference of the European Museum Forum was held in Tallinn. The Annual Award was also presented at that conference. The main organiser of the event was the Art Museum of Estonia.


Last updated: 25 June 2014