The purpose of annual award-giving is to praise the best museum specialists and to show the public various aspects of museum work. Awards are given by the Museum Council in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and with the support of the Cultural Endowment.
In 2004, the Museum Rat competition was initiated to award noteworthy exhibitions. In the 2009/2010 ceremony a new award was added, to be given to the best new museum or renewed permanent display. Already the competition has expanded to include several more prize categories, and has been renamed the Annual Awards of Estonian Museums.
Estonian museum souvenir award EMMA
EMMA is a monetary prize, which is handed out every two years to an Estonian museum that submits the best souvenir. The award is given by MTÜ Eesti Muuseumiühing in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture.
Once a year in May Museum Night takes place, when all the museums and other memory institutions stay open longer than usual and free of charge to celebrate the Europe-wide Long Night of Museums. Museum Night happens on the Saturday closest to the International Museum Day on May 18.
MuIS is a museum information system – a web-based work environment to manage museum collections and keep track of state assets. It also helps make the information kept in the museums accessible to the public. At the moment 60 museums have joined MuIS and the database includes information on more than 3.2 million items and 1.2 million digital images.
E-varamu is a joint information portal of Estonian museums, libraries, archives, and other memory institutions. Through the portal one can search for information on cultural heritage items recorded in the information systems of various memory institutions.
The virtual exhibition system offers museums a safe and easily handled environment to present collections or exhibitions, while providing history enthusiasts with improved access to the images and recordings kept in museums. The system was a cooperation project of the Ministry of Culture, MindBridge OÜ and restoration company Kanut.
In carrying out culture policy, the Ministry of Culture cooperates closely with MTÜ Eesti Muuseumiühing and the Museum Council.
MTÜ Eesti Muuseumiühing
MTÜ Eesti Muuseumiühing (Estonian Museum Society) is an association of museum workers with more than 300 members. The society organises workshops and study trips to increase the professional competence of its members. It also publishes the magazine Muuseum.