Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019

The search for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019 is on. The biggest museum prize in the world seeks out and celebrates innovation and achievement in museums and galleries across the UK.

We award £100,000 to one outstanding winner and £10,000 to each of the other finalists.
It’s a moment to spotlight the originality and creativity of museums. Each year’s finalists – selected from applications from museums of all kinds and sizes – typically see a major boost in attendance and profile.

With past winners including the Whitworth, the V&A and The Hepworth Wakefield, the prize attracts national and international attention to the remarkable creativity and accomplishments of UK museums.

Please note: the deadline for entries is now closed.

Key dates

12 December 2018 – applications open

6 February 2019, 12 noon – application deadline

May 2019 – shortlist of finalists is announced

June 2019 – judges visit finalists

July 2019 – winner is announced

How to apply

Do you have what it takes to be Museum of the Year? If your organisation has been doing exceptional work in the last year we’d strongly encourage you to apply.

Applications are open from 12 December 2018 to 12 noon on 6 February 2019.

2019 judges

Previous Winners


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