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the event


The Best in Heritage is an annual conference on which award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects present their success stories. Representatives of over forty laureates elaborate on their achievements, which have been recognised by professional juries over the past year for their outstanding quality. Aim of the conference is to promote these exceptional projects which demonstrate innovation and excellence concerning the care and communication of heritage.


a different conference

The Best in Heritage is taking place in Dubrovnik every year at the end of September ...
... in the charming ambience of neo-baroque Theatre "Marin Držić" and surrounding venues....
... featuring 42 handpicked laureates from all over the world ...
... accompanied by rich cultural and social programmes provided by the host ...
... which all make this conference an unique opportunity to meet the best amongst us.

We collect information on all awarded projects from the past year and make it available on this website. From the list The Best in Heritage Advisory board makes a selection of projects to be invited to take part in the event. The aim is to have a diverse and interesting programme offering an insight into innovative practices, successful management approaches, extraordinary professionalism and into present day trends and tendencies.

The conference was started in 2002 by European Heritage Association from Zagreb, which still supports the event.


  • We are the rare platform where all sides of the heritage community, be them official, civil society or private, - meet.

  • We have THE archive when it comes to best practices

  • With the material we publish periodically, we are a year-round conference

  • We offer accumulation of referential and teaching material

  • For all those who like to advance or check their achievements, our conference is a great bench-marking tool.


Why the event?

The widening profession needs quality information and benchmarking occasions; there are, annually more than three hundred awarded, new or renewed institutions world-wide and a great number of exceptional projects, some hardly known to the international professional public. All of them deserve further professional and public attention. Besides, we live in an increasingly competitive world where standards of excellence, i.e. expectations, be it from public or other stakeholders, are rising steadily.

Projects of Influence
projects of influence

We urge presenters to make the best use of the technique and the place to convey their achievements. To stimulate them, the professional audience votes to choose the Project of Influence of the year, by its presentation, innovative achievements and its capacity of inspiration. There are two winners - one from the IMAGINES event, and one from the core programme.

Project of Influence Award trophies

For list of winners click here


So far more than 2 000 participants joined the conference.
Here is what some of them had to say about the event:

conference exhibition

As a part of the programme in Dubrovnik, the conference exhibition is organised and displayed in the Cultural History Museum throughout September. It features posters of projects that are being presented at the conference. The venue is the Rector's Palace, a highly visited location, with approximately 800 international visitors expected per day. Thus we share the conference contents with the motivated visitors to Dubrovnik.

The informational texts are bilingual: in this case English and Croatian. All posters have QR codes leading to the web-page with articles and images of featured laureates. Those pages contain contact information, website and social media hyperlinks. 

The exhibition is available to all interested parties, feel free to write to us.

Photo Gallery

conference publications

2018 photo gallery

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