Share your Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 moments

  • 27 April 2017

We're asking people across the UK their share their best museum stories, reviews, photos, memories and moments of the five finalists on social media. Each week we'll feature our favourites.

Art Museum of the Year 2017 Photo: Marc Atkins

Art Museum of the Year 2017

The finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 have been announced. They are: Lapworth Museum of Geology; National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art; Sir John Soane's Museum; Tate Modern; and The Hepworth Wakefield.

This year you can get involved by heading along to one of the finalists and sharing your best museum stories, reviews, photos, memories and moments using @artfund #museumoftheyear

Each week, we'll review the posts using the hashtag and select our favourite. They'll then be featured on this page and will win a museum goody bag worth over £50.

At the end of the nine weeks between now and the award ceremony on 5 July, the chair of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 judging panel will choose his favourite from all the entries, with the winner receiving a lifetime National Art Pass worth £1,800 and a museum goody bag worth over £100.

The competition closes on 30 June at 11.59pm. Please read the terms and conditions before entering.

Overall winner

This year, our overall winner was Amy Cooper, who posted this comment and photo on Instagram, showing her mum getting all wrapped up in the JW Anderson show at The Hepworth Wakefield.

The @hepworthwakefield is my #museumoftheyear. Wonderfully varied programme. Engaging and knowledgeable staff & a great place to take your mum. Here's mine. She loved it! Photo: Amy Cooper

The @hepworthwakefield is my #museumoftheyear. Wonderfully varied programme. Engaging and knowledgeable staff & a great place to take your mum. Here's mine. She loved it!

Weekly winners

Scroll through the gallery below to see our nine weekly winners...

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Comments (22)

  • Rachel, NEWMARKET
  • 4 July 2017 - 18:28
  • A few weeks ago, my 9-year-old visited Palace House with a new after-school Art Club. They had a lovely time sketching paintings in the gallery, with lots of encouragement from the volunteers there. I was so impressed to see children learning to look really carefully and to appreciate the painters – as well as starting to view themselves as artists too! I never thought my daughter and her friends would have this chance - we usually go elsewhere for the Arts. A whole range of Arts opportunities are opening up for local children, all centred on Palace House. Even just being able to walk through such a beautiful site is a wonderful experience for children who spend so much time in utilitarian school buildings. My own ticket to Palace House was converted to an annual pass at no extra charge. Now we can revisit whenever we like. My daughter loves the horses (especially Our Vic!) and the riding simulator, but I am excited to see her building a relationship with the paintings – we feel that they are *ours*, and we look forward to getting to know them even better!

  • Amanda, CAMBRIDGE
  • 1 July 2017 - 00:00
  • The National HeritageCentre for Horseracing and Sporting Art is exemplary. Wonderfully enthusiastic and helpful staff. Fabulous state of the art exhibits presented in a manner which would appeal to the well informed about horsracing and horses to the layman. This fascinating museum is above and beyond any expectations one might have of a museum of any type. We visited out of interest and came away fulll of excited enthusiasm which we have shared with our social circles and beyond.after a fascinating and rewarding day out. Can't wait to return.

  • Sheila and John, Kendal
  • 28 June 2017 - 18:50
  • We have visited the Hepworth Wakefield three times, most recently this week. It gets better and better, the new Barbara Hepworth rooms are superb. But in addition the gallery continues to provide innovative exhibitions which showcase local as well as more famous artists. They are also excellent at community engagement eg the summer party for the opening of the Howard Hodgkin and the 18-25 year old group who meet weekly and have recently curated a gallery wall. The shop and restaurant are both very good and very good value. All in all, well worth the journey from Cumbria, we will be back. Sheila and John Mitchell

  • Peter, DUNDEE
  • 19 June 2017 - 11:17
  • I had some time to pass on a recent visit to London; visited the John Soane museum and spent a wonderful time viewing the eclectic mix of objects in the museum. Knowledgeable staff explained many of the pieces and the details of the wonderful Hogarths' brought the series to life as many of the characters are now known to me. There is much more to see in the museum and well worth a visit; I need to go again to revisit some of the pieces.

  • Jan, WHITCHURCH
  • 15 June 2017 - 21:40
  • Went to the Lapworth geology museum today. It is so good. Brilliant for all ages. Wonderful collections of fossils, rocks. Brilliant descriptor boards. Loved wall of rocks particularly. Staff member on the desk was charming and so helpful. All this for free. Well done UOB!