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Art Fund Museum of the Year is the world’s biggest museum prize and the UK’s largest arts award.

Art Fund’s involvement goes back to 2008, when it took over administration of the prize from Museum Prize Trust. From 2003-2007, it was called the ‘Prize for Museums and Galleries’ and was sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The prize champions what museums do, encourages people to visit and gets to the heart of what makes a truly outstanding museum. The judges present the prize to the institution that has met one or more of the following criteria: undertaken projects that provide a lasting legacy or have a transformative effect; brought collections to life for audiences in exceptional ways; delivered an innovative programme of audience development, learning or outreach; and clearly won the support and enthusiasm of its visitors and users.

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