Awards

“The friendliest museum 2012”
The Lithuanian Association of People with Disabilities (LAPD), after conducting an investigation of the country’s 69 cultural and leisure objects, announced the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania in Vilnius as “the friendliest museum 2012” and awarded it with a special prize and diploma. Over 1.2 thousand people with disabilities (about 5 per cent of total visitors) visited the Money Museum in 2012. The President of the Lithuanian Association of People with Disabilities Rasa Kavaliauskaitė claimed: “The Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania is distinguished among other museums in that it is accessible not only to people in wheelchairs, but is adapted to visitors with hearing disabilities and those who are visually impaired.” A special elevator helps disabled people in wheel chairs overcome the staircase by the entrance to the Museum. Another elevator inside the Museum can help reach the exhibition halls over two floors. Stands have buttons by pushing which disabled visitors in wheelchairs can pull down the magnifying glasses to their eye level and view the exhibited coin collections. There is also a WC adapted to people with disabilities. For visually handicapped visitors, the Museum offers an audio guide specially adapted to them. The Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania is the first museum in the Baltic States which has installed an electronic system of translating into sign language. For people with a hearing disability, the narration about the Museum’s exhibition is translated into sign language on the screen of a tablet computer.

    

“The Money Museum — the friendliest museum in Vilnius”
In the competition“Lithuania’s tourist destination of excellence 2013. Tourism adapted to everyone”, the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania was recognized as an exclusive tourist destination and took the prize “The Money Museum — the friendliest museum in Vilnius”. The awarding ceremony of the competition laureates took place on 24 July 2013 in Vilnius. The competition was organised by the State Department of Tourism to the Ministry of Economy, participating in the European Commission’s EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) project. 21 tourist objects in our country took part in this competition. The idea to rate the Money Museum came from the Vilnius Tourist Information Centre.

The Money Museum is adapted to people with disabilities. For people with movement disorders, the Museum has installed outdoor and indoor elevators, a special WC. Buttons enable to regulate magnifying glasses and get acquainted with items exhibited on moving stands. The handles of the pull-out stands are made so that they could be reached by a person sitting in a wheelchair. Those who are visually handicapped (partially blinded) can make use of a special audio guide with conventional tactile buttons, while the numbers of the stands are written in a larger print. Rubber bands on the stairs protect Museum visitors from slipping, at the same time serving as tactile bands, which is a function of particular importance for visually handicapped people. The Museum has also installed an electronic excursion audio guide system in sign language, which is adjusted to people with hearing disabilities. For them, the narration about the Museum’s exhibition is translated into sign language on the screen of a tablet computer. The route of the excursion is marked with a hands symbol. The system is simple and easily manageable. Those with hearing disabilities can visit the Museum on an individual basis and make use of all of the possibilities provided by the Museum without asking help from a translator. The Money Museum is the first museum in the Baltic States with an electronic system of translating into sign language installed.

    

“The Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania — among the top five museums in the world”
The Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania was selected to be among the top five central bank museums in the world. The scientific journalMintWorldCompedium prepared a list of the world’s top five money museums, and this list, in addition to our Museum, included the money museums of the central bank of Canada, Germany’s Bundesbank, South Korea and the Federal Reserve System of the United States of America. The Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania is a few times smaller than them. The money museums of the central banks of Belgium, Reserve Bank of India, England, Israel and Japan found themselves in the next top five list.

The Money Museum is rated among the best money museums in the world not visiting which would be a great sin. The top five money museums in the world were selected by assessing the diversity, quality and rarity of the exhibits and the information of the educational and awareness content in these museums. The numerous interactive information tools did not go unnoticed either — the choice of a required foreign language makes them easily adjustable to foreign tourists as well.One of the most important museum evaluation criteria was their adjustment to the disabled. Finally, the top five museums were described in the article as providing an exceptional experience for visitors.

“The most hospitable museum in Vilnius 2013”
In 2013 the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, which took part in the competition “Vilnius’ Hospitality 2013”, was elected as the most hospitable museum in Vilnius. From May to October 2013, residents of Vilnius, jointly with guests of the city, were invited to elect the capital city’s most hospitable sites to be visited. The most hospitable hotels of the capital city, guest houses and youth hostels, restaurants, cafés, music clubs, museums, galleries, shops, incoming tourism agencies were evaluated during the awards ceremony. The competition “Vilnius’hospitality”, which has been organised since 2008, aims to encourage greater hospitality in servicing residents of Vilnius and city guests, enhance the image of Vilnius city and the quality of provided services, seeking for Vilnius to become one of Europe’s most hospitable capitals.

        

Nominated for the award “The European Museum of the Year”
In 2014 the European Museum Forum under the Council of Europe selected the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania for the nomination TheEuropean Museum of the Year (EMYA) 2014. The best European museum was chosen in Tallinn on 14–17 May. Such an election has been organised on an annual basis since 1977.

The Best Museum awards go to the most innovative and modern museums providing highest quality services for their visitors. Museums of European countries may take part in the competition if they have been re-opened or modernised over the last two years.

The Money Museum was presented in a short film about candidate museums with a potential to win the award and become the best European museum in 2014. (watch video)

                

Highest quality certificate from the world’s largest travel site (2014)
The world’s largest travel site TripAdvisor presented the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania with a Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner. The Museum received such acknowledgement after evaluating the feedback from local and foreign visitors. Certificates of Excellence are given to museums, theatres, hotels, restaurants, other sites to be visited in various countries, which are best rated by visitors.

“Official award of the best museum is a particularly significant and deserved acknowledgement granting recognition around the world. It is earned by assessment from visitors, which is most important for every organisation”, reads the letter of Mr Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for business sent to the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site.It publishes travellers’ feedback on visited sites, presents broad-spectrum information on different travel alternatives. This site unites the largest community of travellers — it is visited by more than 260 million people from around the world per month and presents 4 million visiting sights.

The most hospitable employee of a cultural institution in Vilnius — Nijolė Butkevičienė
At the competition “Vilnius Hospitality 2014”, the specialist of the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, NijolėButkevičienė was elected the most hospitable employee of a cultural institution in Vilnius. Each year, during this competition, the most hospitable hotels, cafés, bars, museums, galleries, boutiques, incoming tourism agencies, guides, employees of accommodation and cultural institutions are awarded. The aim of this competition is to enhance the quality of services provided by these institutions, encourage servicing of residents of Vilnius and city guests as hospitably as possible, and to improve the image of the city. The most hospitable are elected by residents of the capital and guests.

    

Highest quality certificate from the world’s largest travel site (2015)
The world’s largest travel site TripAdvisor presented the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania with a Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner. The Museum received such acknowledgement after evaluating the feedback from local and foreign visitors. Certificates of Excellence are given to museums, theatres, hotels, restaurants, other sites to be visited in various countries, which are best rated by visitors.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site.It publishes travellers’ feedback on visited sites, presents broad-spectrum information on different travel alternatives. This site unites the largest community of travellers — it is visited by more than 260 million people from around the world per month and presents 4 million visiting sights.

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