Museum of the Year
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The Museum of the Year Award, formerly known as the Gulbenkian Prize and the Art Fund Prize, is an annual prize awarded to a museum or gallery in the United Kingdom for a "track record of imagination, innovation and excellence". A single award of £100,000, Britain's biggest single art prize, is presented to a museum or gallery, large or small, anywhere in the UK, whose entry, in the opinion of the judges, best demonstrates a track record of imagination, innovation and excellence through work mainly undertaken during the previous calendar year.
The Museum Prize Trust was established to create an annual prize for museums in Britain in 2001. The first prize, at that time known as the Gulbenkian Prize, was awarded in 2003. The principal sponsor from 2003 to 2007 was the Lisbon-based Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, but since 2008 the prize has been sponsored by The Art Fund. It was given its current name in late 2012, and the first award under the new name was given in 2013. Since 2011 the Clore Award for Museum Learning, worth £10,000 and sponsored by the Clore Duffield Foundation, has been awarded for "quality museum and gallery learning with children and young people (from early years up to the age of 25) in any setting, in or out of school or college". For its first two years this award had a separate shortlist but in 2013 it was awarded to an institution on the Museum of the Year shortlist, which had expanded from four to ten finalists.
List of winners and shortlisted entries
Gulbenkian Prize (2003–2007)
- National Centre for Citizenship, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, winner
- Collections, Communities and Memories Community Project Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham
- Darwin Centre Phase One, Natural History Museum, London
- RRS Discovery, Discovery Point, Dundee
- Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, winner
- Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle upon Tyne
- Pembrokeshire Museum Service
- Norton Priory Museum, Runcorn
- Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon, Torfaen, winner
- Coventry Transport Museum
- Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth
- Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham
- SS Great Britain, Bristol, winner
- Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, London
- The Collection: Art and Archeology, Lincolnshire
- Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
- Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex, winner
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
- Kew Palace, Historic Royal Palaces, London
- Weston Park Museum, Sheffield
Art Fund Prize (2008–2012)
- The Lightbox, Woking, winner
- Breaking the Chains, British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, Bristol
- Shetland Museum and Archives, Shetland
- Wellcome Collection, London
- Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, winner
- Centre of New Enlightenment at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
- Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, London
- Ruthin Craft Centre: Centre for the Applied Arts, Denbighshire
- Ulster Museum, Belfast, winner
- Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
- Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
- Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
- A History of the World in 100 Objects, British Museum, London, winner
- Polar Museum, University of Cambridge
- Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway
- Roman Baths Museum, Bath
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, winner
- The Hepworth Wakefield
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
- Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey
Museum of the Year (2013–)
- William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London, winner
- The Hepworth Wakefield, winner of the Clore Award for Learning
- Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
- The Beaney, Canterbury
- Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
- Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
- Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
- Narberth Museum, Pembrokeshire
- Preston Hall Museum and Park, Stockton-on-Tees
- Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, winner
- Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Ditchling, East Sussex
- Hayward Gallery, London
- Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth
- Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
- Tate Britain, London
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