Museum of the Year 2017: Introducing the shortlist

27 April 2017

The finalists for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 have been announced, and range from a centre for horse racing art to Tate Modern. The award, which is for innovation and excellence, carries a prize of £100,000 and is considered the largest and most prestigious prize for museums.

The shortlist for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year award for 2017 has been revealed.

The five finalists, announced during a British Museums special on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, are:

  • The Hepworth Wakefield
  • Sir John Soane's Museum, London
  • Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham
  • Tate Modern, London
  • The National Heritage Centre for Horse Racing, Newmarket

The £100,000 award will be announced at the British Museum on Wednesday 5 July 2017. And, for the first time in the award's history, the other shortlisted museums will receive £10,000 each in recognition of their achievements.

This year’s award jury, chaired by Dr Stephen Deuchar CBE, comprises Professor Richard Deacon CBE, Dr Hartwig Fischer, Munira Mirza and Jo Whiley.

Over the coming days and weeks, BBC Arts will feature a series of short film profiles looking at each finalist.

Last year, the award was won by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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The Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham

The Lapworth Museum of Geology © Marc Atkins

The Lapworth dates back to 1880, and is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK.

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, Newmarket

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art © Marc Atkins

Newmarket has been home to the Jockey Club since the 1750s and the new Centre, which celebrates this historic home of horseracing and sporting art, was opened by the Queen in 2016.

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

Sir John Soane’s Museum © Marc Atkins

The Museum at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect John Soane (1753-1837), and it holds his collections of art and antiquities as well as drawings and models of Soane's own projects.

Tate Modern, London

Tate Modern © Marc Atkins

Britain's national gallery of international modern and contemporary art, situated on the Thames at the former Bankside Power Station, opened in May 2000.

The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield © Marc Atkins

The Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, designed by David Chipperfield and opened in 2011, houses work by major artists including Henry Moore, LS Lowry, Paul Nash and David Hockney.

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