Five museums shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2024

Montage of images highlighting the Museum of the Year 2024 finalists
Art Fund Museum of the Year 2024 shortlist

Art Fund announces the five museums shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2024, the world's largest museum prize.

The shortlisted museums are:

Art Fund annually shortlists five outstanding museums for Museum of the Year. The 2024 edition recognises inspiring projects with audiences and communities at their heart – with a particular focus on community engagement, sustainable ways of working, and reinventing what it means to be ‘the best’ museum for the audiences of today and tomorrow.

The winning museum will receive £120,000 and £15,000 will be given to each of the four other finalists, bringing the total prize money to £180,000. 

The 2024 judging panel, chaired by Art Fund director Jenny Waldman, includes: Anupam Ganguli (Finance Director, Historic Royal Palaces), Vick Hope (broadcaster), Tania Kovats (artist) and Sir John Leighton (former Director-General, National Galleries of Scotland).

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Jenny Waldman, Director, Art Fund said:

"The shortlisted museums for this year's Art Fund Museum of the Year prize are shining examples of the impact museums are making locally and nationally. Each of our finalists truly has something for everyone and all have community at the very heart of their programming... I urge everyone to go and visit these extremely special spaces."

The prize is funded thanks to the generosity of Art Fund’s members who buy a National Art Pass. Art Pass holders enjoy discounts and benefits at the shortlisted museums and hundreds more across the UK.

[Images, top left to right: Craven Museum © Hydar Dewachi / Art Fund 2024; Dundee Contemporary Arts © Erika Stevenson; Manchester Museum © Jason Lock; The National Portrait Gallery © David Parry; Victoria and Albert Museum, London © David Parry.]

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