Dutch Jewish museum wins national popularity contest

THE HAGUE (JTA) — Holland’s Jewish Historical Museum won a $130,000 prize for winning the country’s national museum contest.

The Jewish museum received 40 percent of the popular vote in the online competition for the 2013 Museum Prize, nearly doubling the second-place finisher, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

Some 29,000 people voted on the contest’s website, according to a report Thursday on Amsterdam’s AT5 television station.

Four museums that “best represented a group or community” were nominated; a panel of experts had narrowed the field from a list of 43 nominees.

Voters particularly liked the Jewish museum’s database meant to help families trace their genealogies and reconnect with lost members. 

The Jewish museum, which was established in 1932, will receive the cash prize from the Bernhard Culture Fund and BankGiro Loterij, an initiative for the promotion of the arts in the Netherlands.

The Museum Prize is considered the most prestigious in Holland’s museum scene.

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