Countdown to Museum of the Year 2015

We're announcing the winner of this year's Prize on 1 July. Watch our films about the finalist museums to find out why our judges picked them for the shortlist.

Dunham Massey (National Trust), Altrincham

​To mark the First World War centenary, this beautiful Georgian mansion was transformed back into Stamford Military Hospital, with live recreations of stories from its archives.

IWM London

Following an incredible £40m renovation, London's flagship war museum reopened in July 2014, 100 years after the First World War began.

The MAC, Belfast

Belfast’s new arts venue presented an outstanding programme in 2014 and established itself as a world-class contemporary art gallery.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The museum reopened in 2014 after a spectacular renovation of its neo-Gothic building, and with a lively new public engagement programme.

HM Tower of London (Historic Royal Palaces)

Last year the Tower displayed the stunning installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red: 888,246 ceramic red poppies representing fallen British and Colonial serviceman.

The Whitworth, Manchester

In 2014 the gallery underwent a radical £15m transformation, doubling in size – and while it was closed, ran a series of experimental pop-up events.

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