SEPTEMBER 30 2012 15:14h
ILOK, Sept 30 (Hina) - The museum of the eastern Croatian town of Ilok has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2013, and the nomination of this Croatian museum is one among over 40 applications sent from more than 20 countries, the museum has reported on its web site.
The EMYA2013 ceremony and annual EMF Assembly will take place at the Gallo Romeins Museum in Tongeren, Belgium in May 2013. Gallo Romeins Museum was European Museum of the Year in 2011.
This town museum in Ilok, the centre of the rich wine-growing region, was set up in 1952 in the Brnjakovic country-house. As of 1969, it has been operating within Odescalchi Castle.
During the Homeland Defence War and the aggression against this easternmost Croatian town, the museum was relocated. The renovated museum was reinstated in Odescalchi Castle in February 2010. The museum's reconstruction was part of the project aimed at reconstructing the cultural heritage from Ilok, Vukovar and Vucedol, conducted under the sponsorship of the Croatian government and the Development Bank of the Council of Europe.
Currently, the museum consists of departments for archaeology, history, ethnography, and of a library and gallery.