The Burrell Collection, Museum of the Year 2023 winner

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2024

The world’s biggest museum prize is back.

Applications open from 15 November 2023 to 15 January 2024 

Art Fund Museum of the Year is the world’s biggest museum prize. It champions what museums do, encourages more people to visit, and gets to the heart of what makes a great museum. The prize recognises and celebrates outstanding work and projects across UK museums and provides a platform to encourage audiences to engage with museums far and wide.

Every year an independent judging panel will shortlist five exceptional organisation and decide one lucky winner to take home the £120,000 prize. The remaining four finalists will each receive £15,000. 

All shortlisted museums also receive the support of Art Fund throughout the campaign, which includes national press coverage opportunities; bespoke marketing support and other exciting collaborations and partnerships to help you reach more audiences. 

What are we looking for in 2024? 

Leading in excellence, making an impact and demonstrating ambition. 

We invite museums to apply for outstanding and inspiring projects and programmes, with audiences and communities at the heart of them. You need to tell us why this makes your museum unique and the best at what you do. 

We are particularly interested to hear how you are leading across these following areas: 

  • Community engagement, and how this is embedded across your collections or programming in an inclusive and accessible way, 

  • making an impact and preparing for a lasting legacy through sustainable ways of working, 

  • and demonstrating ambition by reinventing what it means to be ‘the best’ museum for the audiences of today and tomorrow. 

You could apply with one or several projects that took place across the period of autumn 2022 through to winter 2023. 

Think your museum is a worthy contender for the coveted prize? Join our online webinar on Tuesday 5 December 2023 at midday to learn more about the application process and what would happen if you were shortlisted.  

This year marked 10 years of Art Fund Museum of the Year - read the findings of new research that looks back at the impact of the prize, and forward to the challenges and opportunities of the coming decade. 

Who can apply

To be eligible to apply for Art Fund Museum of the Year please check you meet the following criteria before starting your application: 

  • Your activity must have taken place from autumn 2022 through to winter 2023.

  • You must be able to demonstrate positive change and impact of the activity.

  • You must be based in the UK and be either a public museum, gallery, historic house, library or archive which has spaces for the public to visit and experience the visual arts or other object-based collections.

  • You must be able to demonstrate that you usually operate to best practice standards or have a good track record in delivering high quality public activity. 

For full eligibility details please see the Guidance for applicants (PDF).

Other useful documents:

Key deadlines

Wednesday 15 November 2023, midday – applications open

Tuesday 5 December 2023 – applicant webinar

Monday 15 January 2024, midday – application deadline 

How to apply

Your application

Read the guidance

Download the Guidance for applicants which explains more about the application process and gives you guidance on filling out the application form.

Get in touch

If you haven’t found what you need in the guidance document, get in touch with Emma Mills, project manager, programmes, on, to set up a call to discuss further.

Submit your application

We are currently experiencing issues with the online submission portal. Please continue to work on your application using the Word template application form, and get in touch with the programme manager to discuss the best way to submit your application.

As soon as the problem is resolved we ask all applicants to log in to your My Art Fund account, or create an account, for application forms and to apply. You must be registered as a professional user. If you already have a My Art Fund account, but are not registered as a professional user, you can add your professional details when logged in.

After you've applied

Acknowledgement of application

The prize project manager will be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application and the next steps.

Are your sure you want to leave checkout?