Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

The biggest museum prize in the world, Art Fund Museum of the Year seeks out and celebrates innovation and exceptional achievement in museums and galleries across the UK.


We award £100,000 to one outstanding winner and £10,000 to each finalist to support future activity. It’s a moment to spotlight the originality and creativity of our sector.


With past winners including The Hepworth Wakefield, the V&A and William Morris Gallery, the prize has done much to draw national and international attention to the remarkable creativity and accomplishments of UK museums.

Key dates

13 December 2017 – applications open

6 February 2018, 12noon – applications close

w/c 30 April 2018 – shortlist of finalists is announced

May or June 2018 – judges visit finalists

5 July 2018 – winner is announced


Has your museum got what it takes to win Museum of the Year 2018?

Applications open 13 December 2017. Sign up to our professional bulletin and you'll be the first to know when the prize process has launched.

If you have any questions before 13 December, please get in touch with prize project manager Elke Wiebalck on or 020 7225 4843

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This year's judges

Our expert panel of judges is responsible for deciding which finalist will be crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year.

The judges for 2018 will be announced on 13 December 2017.


Art Fund Museum of the Year is open to all museums, galleries and historic places in the UK.

Applicants are usually either provisionally or fully accredited under the Arts Council England Accreditation Scheme but exceptions are considered where organisations are in the public sector, have charitable status or have activities that are based on the care, display or interpretation of collections of artistic, historical or scientific interest. Organisations should also be open regularly to the public.

Only one entry may be made per individual museum or gallery, though where an organisation operates several museums and galleries an entry may be submitted for each. Museums or galleries can enter in consecutive years.

Previous Winners

The Hepworth Wakefield
Wakefield, WF1 5AW

The Whitworth
Manchester, M15 6ER

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Wakefield, WF4 4LG

William Morris Gallery

British Museum

Ulster Museum
Belfast, BT9 5AB

Wedgwood Museum
Stoke-on-Trent, ST12 9ER

The Lightbox
Woking, GU21 4AA


"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)