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Sörmland’s Museum is Museum of the Year 2020!

Collection and exhibition, preservation and mediation have been integrated with each other in a completely new way. Sörmland’s museum has gone to the bottom of the museum’s objects and comes up with an innovative method for telling, arousing curiosity and building knowledge. The narrative magazines create an appeal that is characterized by openness and transparency and the design stimulates meetings between visitors and objects. The audience can contribute to the collections, develop their own creations and meet other people at the museum and throughout the region. The result is an engaging, independent and innovative museum that is located among the citizens and that broadens the horizons for a new generation of cultural history museums.

This is the jury’s motivation behind the award, which in 2020 will go to Sörmland’s museum for its innovative work to make the collections available to the public.

In the autumn of 2018, Sörmland’s Museum inaugurated the county’s new museum building in Nyköping with a unique concept where visitors are offered to take a close and direct view of people’s life stories. The museum’s collections have been picked up and placed in the middle of the house, fully visible and accessible to the public. The collections have been put together to shape stories about and by the people behind the objects, archival documents and photographs, provide contemporary and historical perspectives and at the same time shed light on major, existential issues.

Putting people at the center – yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s – is the guiding light for the museum’s activities, and in the new building, this basic idea has been able to be fully realized.

-We are extremely happy for the fine award! It is a recognition of the great work that has been going on for several years. We are extremely proud of the attention that our Narrative Magazines have received both in the museum sector and from the public, says Susanna Janfalk, County Museum Director at Sörmland’s Museum. All the museum’s employees have been involved in the work where the former county museum director Karin Lindvall played a central role.

The prize was awarded by Minister of Culture Amanda Lind during the Swedish Museums’ digital museum meeting on 7 September.

About the Museum of the Year award

The Museum of the Year award is given to a museum in Sweden that has shown the ability to conduct creative and innovative activities, gained an impact with the audience and brought added value to the museum sector. It must be a museum that, for the benefit of the audience, works innovatively with collections, pedagogy, exhibitions, contemporary documentation, international work or communication. 

Anyone can propose their favorite museum for the award of all of Sweden’s approximately 1700 museums. Among the proposed candidates, the jury nominates three finalists, one of whom will be awarded the award.

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