Vani Archaeological Museum named after Otar Lortkipanidze is the winner of European Museums Forum EMYA2023
On May 6, at the awarding ceremony of the European Museum of the Year 2023 (EMYA 2023) in Barcelona, the Otar Lortkipanidze Vani Archaeological Museum of the National Museum of Georgia was awarded the Silleto Prize.
The Silleto Prize is one of the main awards of this competition and is given to the museum for "community participation and engagement". The prize is a trophy made by designer Archibald Knox, which will be displayed in the Van Museum for one year.
The main theme of the 2023 conference was "Democracy and Democratization: Urgent Challenges Today".
"The Vani Archaeological Museum, part of the National Museum of Georgia, aims to provide new perspectives on the city of Vani, an archaeological excavation site and religious center associated with the mythical Golden Fleece. Its newly restored building opened in 2020 with permanent exhibitions that reflect the eight centuries of existence of one of Kolkheti's outstanding cities. In addition to permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum offers a wide range of educational programs and serves as a research laboratory as the region's largest and only multi-purpose public space. It is also a place for regional and international scientific meetings", says the information published on the website of the Forum of the Best European Museums of the Year.
In the same information, it is mentioned that the Vani Museum is trying to increase awareness on the broad issues of society, culture and education.