Two Greek museums, the Thebes Archaeological Museum and the Larissa Diachronic Museum, are in competition for the European Museum of the Year title for 2018.

The new Thebes Archaeological Museum opened in 2016. It houses many objects representing the millennia of continuous human activity in Boeotia. The sections of the exhibition are chronologically structured from the Paleolithic period, to the establishment of the new Greek state. They depict culture, everyday life, political and social development in Boeotia over time.

Inaugurated in 2015, the Larissa Diachronic Museum sits on the “Mezourlo” hill. The main exhibition centers on the area of Thessalia over time, and societies’ institutional structuration through the triptych of state, institutions, power.

Established in 1977, the European Museum of the Year Award, under the auspice of the Council of Europe, aims to annually reward the best museum practices in Europe, and to encourage museums towards innovation.