They visited hundreds of museums in 40 European countries and carefully examined their premises. Nobody knew their identity, nor that they compiled a list of nominations for the European Museum of the Year. The European Evaluation Committee members selected to also nominate two Greek museums for this year’s award: the Museum of Ancient Eleutherna in Crete and the Kostas Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Athens.

The innovation of the Archaeological museum of Eleftherna’s is that its permanent exhibition is constantly being renewed with finds from the museum’s collection of older and new discoveries from the excavations.

Mechanical engineer Kostas Kotsanas has been studying, for more than 30 years, the ancient Greek documents, and together with an interdisciplinary team, builds accurate representations of the mechanisms and copies of the inventions the Ancient Greeks used. The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, on Pindarou and Acadimias streets in Athens, has been operating for only a year.

The two Greek museums claim the honorary title for the European Museum of the Year, along with 78 other museums in Europe. The results of the competition will be announced in May 2019.