Güímar Ethnographic Park will have to try another year to win the European Museum of the Year award

Photos: Güímar Pyramids Ethnographic Park.

Updated 7 May: Güímar will have to try another year to win the European Museum of the Year award after the 2017 winner was announced last night as the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva. Güímar pyramids and the museum, all part of the Ethnographic Park, are still a lovely, interesting and entertaining place to visit: the website is HERE.

Updated 28 April 2017: The Tenerife Cabildo has announced that all 42 longlisted museums have now been visited and the judges are deliberating the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award 2017. The prize was established by the European Museum Forum and aimed at highlighting the new challenges and the quality of museums in Europe. The award was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe with the purpose of recognizing excellence in the European museum scene and to promote innovation processes in the world of museums.

The Güímar Ethnographic Park was the only Spanish entry in the longlist, with the final award to be announced next week in Zagreb, Croatia, between 3 and 6 May. David Valcárcel Ortiz, Scientific Director of Pirámides de Güímar, will represent the Ethnographic Park at the event through a presentation of the museum followed by a public interview, as part of the process defined by the board of judges to determine the winner of this prestigious award.

The recent opening of the Sustainable Garden at the Ethnographic Park has played a key role in the museum’s nomination, as it represents a new model for the development of endemic Canarian gardens. The Sustainable Garden, developed in collaboration with the University of La Laguna, displays and promotes the values of sustainability throughout a 1000 square metre reproduction of a typical Canarian barranco including its characteristic flora and even a water course with specimens of European eel.

Original post 22 August 2016: The Güímar Pyramids museum has been longlisted for European Museum of the Year 2017. The ethnographic park says that it’s delighted to make the list for the award, which is organized by the European Museum Forum under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The Güímar Pyramids is one of 42 nominations of museums in 22 European countries – it is the only one in Spain.

The award is Europe’s longest-running and most prestigious museum prize, with past recipients including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; the winner in 2016 was the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The final shortlist will be made public towards the end of the year.

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