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.

This year's finalists

Student Road Trip

This year for the first time we sent five Student Art Pass members on a five-day whistlestop tour of all the finalists. After departing on the Monday 11th June for Brooklands Museum the students visited Glasgow Women's Library, Ferens Art Gallery, Tate St Ives, before finishing up at the Postal Museum on the Friday 15th June.

The students captured their journey on social media and you can take a look back at their adventures on Twitter and Instagram via #MuseumoftheYear and watch video highlights of the tour.

This year's judges

Previous Winners


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