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Types of awards
Named after(1641–1693), the Slovene polymath of the 17th century, who dedicated his life to science and collecting, the Valvasor Award is given for lifetime achievement in the museum field and for outstanding contributions to the conservation, presentation, and popularisation of movable natural and cultural heritage in Slovenia and abroad.
In addition, the Slovene Museum Society bestows Valvasor Recognitions for important achievements in the field of museology in the previous year, while the Valvasor Honorary Recognition is awarded to special merit in popularising museology and movable cultural heritage and for significant donations and sponsorships to museums and galleries. The Valvasor Carnation, however, promotes museums' participatory projects with a larger social impact.
Following a call for the Valvasor Award and Recognition nominees, the commission makes the selection of winners based on activities of the preceding calendar year. By rule, the awards are given in one of the museums in Ljubljana on the eve of International Museum Day (18 May).
In the last two decades, the lifetime achievement awards have gone to individual curators and museum workers such as Slovene Ethnographic Museum), (Murska Sobota Regional Museum), (Slovene Ethnographic Museum, ex Bela krajina Museum), (Celje Regional Museum), (National Museum of Slovenia), (Obalne galerije - Coastal Galleries), (Slovene Ethnographic Museum), (Slovenian Cinematheque), (National Museum of Slovenia & Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana), (Moderna galerija (MG)), (Maribor Art Gallery), (Murska Sobota Regional Museum), (National Museum of Slovenia), (National Gallery of Slovenia), (National Museum of Slovenia), and (National Gallery of Slovenia).(
Winners of single achievement awards and recognitions are announced in the annual booklet that accompanies the awards ceremony. Archives of these booklets are available at the website of the Association of Slovene Museums (see link below).