Winners of the ‘European Museum of the Year Awards’

The ‘European Museum of the Year Awards’ found their owners. The ‘2021 Silletto Award’ was given to the Bayburt Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced that Bayburt Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum was deemed worthy of the “2021 Silletto Award”.


The ethnography museum he established in the village of Bayburt Beşpınar, where businessperson Kenan Yavuz was born and raised, makes a name for himself. The European Museum Forum explained the reason why Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum was awarded one of the most prestigious museum awards in the world:

Cultural studies carried out with the support and participation of local people, based on the richness of rural life, signing very successful and exemplary projects in the revival of social and economic life, bringing the migration problem experienced due to the dramatic socio-economic transformations in the last century to the agenda, to present the historical and cultural heritage of the region to the world by exemplifying it, and to contribute to its socio-economic life.


Museum founder Kenan Yavuz, who received the award from Carol Jackson, member of the Silletto Trust, and Dina Sorokina, a member of the EMYA Jury, said; “We are proud that the museum, which I established with my family as a social responsibility project in order to pay my debt to the land where I was born and grew up, has been crowned with such a great award in the international arena. Our aim; It is to carry the cultural heritage of Anatolia and the traces of our great civilization from the past to the future. We have to protect our beauties that should not change and keep them alive in the minds of new generations in the relationship of time-space.

Because, without space, it will not be possible to imprint our civilization in the memory of new generations. We are trying to bring a brand new perspective to the world understanding of museology. We built a village with a size of 15 thousand square meters, consisting of 26 different places, with the stones and woods we collected from the ruined houses in our villages.

Due to the intense interest and demand we see, we will train an accommodation facility in the form of an “inn” with its Seljuk architecture for the upcoming tourism season. We named our facility, which will pioneer culture and experience tourism, “The Place Where Stones Speak, Loru Han”. We will introduce the ancient culture of Bayburt, Dedem Korkut, Poet Zihni, Ağlar Baba, share all the subtleties, texture and scent of our local folklore with museum visitors and guests, and strive to ensure that they leave Bayburt as cultural ambassadors. said.

Kenan Yavuz said, “I would like to express my gratitude to our Governor of Bayburt, Mr. Cüneyt Epcim, our mayors, members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and of course the people of Bayburt, especially my wife Sibel Yavuz and my family, and my fellow townspeople in Beşpınar village, who contributed to this magnificent success. “It has been a great source of pride for us to bring this beauty to our country.”


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