The internationally-renowned Glucksman in Cork has won a prestigious European award for museums.

The art museum at University College Cork was today named one of the winners in the annual awards presented by the European Museum Academy Foundation.

The Dublin-based Museum of Literature Ireland was also nominated in the list of awards, in the DASA category which honours museums for the quality of their learning opportunities.

The Glucksman was named the winner of the art museum category, a new prize in the EMAF's roll of honour which is aimed at highlighting museum projects that work with art "in an innovative, pioneering and creative way".

This category also tries to "identify new role models of excellence" to enhance values such as accessibility, participation, inclusion and awareness.

Also nominated were two art museums in Luxembourg.

Director of the Glucksman, Fiona Kearney, tweeted this evening that she is "beyond proud" of the museum's team, board and audiences.

"What an incredible moment in our museum's history," she wrote.

The European Museum Academy is a volunteer society of museum experts from different countries across Europe.