Art Fund Museum of the Year

Learn about the biggest national prize for museums and galleries that celebrates bringing communities together

Group picture of judges at The William Morris Gallery (2013) by Art FundArt Fund

A brief history

Its forerunner was the Prize for Museums and Galleries, administered by the Museum Prize Trust and sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from 2003-2007.

People at the exhibition at the Tate St Ives (2018) by Marc AtkinsArt Fund

The prize champions what museums do, encourages more people to visit and gets to the heart of what makes a truly outstanding museum.

Award night at NHM (2016) by Janie AireyArt Fund

The judges present the prize to the museum or gallery that has shown how their achievements of the preceding year stand out, what makes their work innovative, and the impact it has had on audiences.

Nick Merriman proud winner of MOTY (2022-07-14) by Hydar DewachiArt Fund

Last year's winner

The winner in 2022 was the Horniman Museum & Gardens. Founded in 1901, the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London houses nationally regarded collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments, as well as an aquarium. Full story

Award night at the Design Museum (2022) by Hydar DewachiArt Fund

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Photography: Marc Atkins, Jaine Airey, Hydar Dewachi and Emli Bendixen

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