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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020

Be recognised as the best. Museum of the Year celebrates exceptional museums and galleries, putting them on a national stage, rewarding innovative and transformative work, and inspiring more people to visit.

Are you the next Art Fund Museum of the Year?

COVID-19: Due to the current circumstances we have taken the difficult decision to postpone Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020. We are working on a new schedule which will be shared in due course.

Has your organisation undertaken a year of innovative exhibitions and events, or are your engagement programmes transforming the lives of people in your community?

Is your creative use of digital media and technology helping new audiences to connect with your museum, or have you led a project to open up your spaces for more people?

Perhaps your museum has led the charge for equality, diversity and inclusion, or you’re doing things differently and making bold choices with your activity to ensure you’re best serving your audiences?

These are just some of the reasons why musems and galleries apply for Museum of the Year. The judges are keen to hear from all kinds of organisations, no matter the shape or size, location, whether they have a collection or not, or what they choose to display.

We only ask that applicants can clearly demonstrate to the judges how their activity over the past year, 2019/20, has won the support and enthusiasm of their audiences.

So if this sounds like you, we strongly encourage you to apply for Art Fund Museum of the Year – the world’s biggest museum prize, and the UK’s largest arts award.

Find out more

The best way to begin the process is to contact prize project manager Emma Mills at, who can discuss any initial queries you may have.

Further information about the prize and guidance on how to apply can be found in the application pack – please read this carefully before you apply.

How to apply

Applications are made online, by logging in to or creating a My Art Fund account. As part of the application process you will need to submit:

  • a completed online application form
  • a letter of support from your director confirming their wish for the organisation to be considered, and agreeing to our terms and conditions for finalists
  • up to six high-quality images of your organisation that best illustrate your application
  • compile a very short film or self-playing PowerPoint presentation to support your application
  • you may also send us no more than four pieces of print material relating to your work in 2019/20
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