Interior of Horniman Museum and Gardens (2022) by Emli BendixenArt Fund
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a cultural gem in the heart of south London, welcoming visitors from the the local community and across the world.
Find out more about why it was crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2022.
Parent with child in Museum (2022-04-11) by Emli Bendixen and Art FundArt Fund
Community is at the heart
The Horniman's community action, dazzling displays and commitment to diversity and sustainability are just a few of the reasons this amazing place was crowned Art Museum of the Year in 2022.
Green House at Horniman Museum (2022) by Emli BendixenArt Fund
Championing the environment
The environment and ecology are the heart of everything the Horniman does. Visitors can enjoy its idyllic gardens alongside an eclectic collection of over 350,000 objects that span anthropology, natural history and musical instruments.
Exterior of Horniman Museum and Gardens (2022) by Emli BendixenArt Fund
Inspiring next generations
Alongside exemplary research and conservation, caring for living collections and its beautiful parkland, the Horniman has acknowledged the role it can play in combating the climate emergency by embedding this into their ethos.
Jenny Waldman, director of Art Fund
"It has radically reimagined its role and reoriented its activity to reach and engage with new audiences, addressing the climate emergency."
Jo Brand on the Horniman Museum and Gardens (2022-04-18) by Tailored Media and Art FundArt Fund
The judges all agreed the museum really stood out in 2022. But why not go and see for yourself.
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The Horniman Museum and Gardens was the winner, but there were four other amazing museums on this year's shortlist…
Art Fund - Museum of the Year (2022-04-19) by Art Fund and Tailored MediaArt Fund
Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill, Engine (2022-04-11) by Emli Bendixen and Art FundArt Fund
Derby Museum, Museum of Making
Connecting young people to art and culture was at the heart of each museum's achievements, with thought-provoking installations, interactive exhibits and rich participation programmes.
Peoples History Museum (2022-04-10) by Emli Bendixen / Art Fund 2022Art Fund
People's History Museum, Manchester
From vast catalogues of political material to objects from around the world, each shortlisted museum holds a fascinating collection of art and artefacts, cared for by a dedicated team. Their enduring hard work means more people can appreciate these important objects.
Markets in Ty Pawb, Wrexham (2022-04-11) by Emli Bendixen and Art FundArt Fund
Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham
Museums provide unique spaces for communities to come together. Whether they exist under the same roof as local makers and traders, or design their activities around the people and places closest to them, these five museums all lead the way when it comes to community engagement.
Library (2022-04-11) by Emli Bendixen / Art Fund 2022Art Fund
The Story Museum, Oxford
Experience the immersive spaces, tactile displays and dazzling galleries these fantastic five have on offer – and discover more about how they made the shortlist.
Video Production: Tailored Media
Photography: Hydar Dewachi and Emli Bendixen