EMYA 2023 – The Abbey Church of Payerne receives a special commendation from the Jury

The Site of the Abbey of Payerne was awarded a special distinction by the Jury at the Awards Ceremony of the annual meeting of the European Museum Forum at the Museu Història in Barcelona (3-6 May 2023).

Nominated for the 2023 European Museum Prize, the Payerne Abbey Site won a special distinction from 33 European museums, including 7 from Switzerland.

With this special distinction, the EMYA 2023 Jury rewards an institution located in one of the major masterpieces of Romanesque architecture.

It is also an institution that offers its visitors a sensory, lively and emotional experience. Through an innovative and sometimes humorous approach, the discovery trail successfully reveals the complex history of this thousand-year-old site.

The EMYA (European Museum of the Year Award) was created in 1977 on the principles of supporting, encouraging and rewarding excellence and innovation in the field of museums and the quality of their visitor services. Under the aegis of the Council of Europe, the European Museum Forum is dedicated to promoting innovation and quality in museum practice (networking, inclusive collaboration, sustainable practice, lasting social and humanitarian values, quality of the museum experience, transmission of knowledge, etc.).

We would also like to congratulate our colleagues at the Swiss Agriculture Museum, who have been awarded the Meyvaert Prize for Sustainable Development.


Special closure: The Abbey Church, the discovery tour and our reception will be closed on Tuesday 23 April 2024.