Learn about the world’s largest museum prize and its history

What makes a great museum? It might be an inspiring art collection. Or a sanctuary to pause and reflect. Or a place for activism, debate, and representation of local communities. Museums offer all this and more.

That’s why Art Fund Museum of the Year shines a spotlight on museums at the very top of their game. Thanks to the partnership with Google Arts and Culture we’re now able to share this with the world.

For the first time, audiences can explore the fantastic work museums and art galleries have been doing across the UK over the past ten years, through a brand new online experience combining photography, videos and curated stories that deep-dive into the past decade of the Art Fund Museum of the Year initiative, and also announces the new 2023 shortlists!

The shortlisted museums are: 

  • The Burrell Collection (Glasgow)
  • Leighton House (London)
  • The MAC (Belfast)
  • Natural History Museum (London)
  • Scapa Flow Museum (Orkney)

You can learn about the 2022 winner, the Horniman Museum & Gardens, known for its extensive natural history collections, or the 2019 winner, St Fagans National Museum of History, committed to representing its local Welsh community and cultural heritage.