The Burrell Collection is the winner of Art Fund’s Museum Of The Year award, taking home a £120,000 prize.

The winner was announced at a ceremony at the British Museum, and presented by Grayson Perry, and on BBC One’s The One Show by actors Emily Blunt and Matt Damon.

The Burrell Collection in Glasgow’s Pollok Country Park houses the 9,000-object collection of Sir William and Constance Burrell. Managed by the charity Glasgow Life, it was reopened last year following £68 million, six-year refurbishment with its inaugural exhibition, The Burrells’ Legacy: A Great Gift to Glasgow’. In October 2022 it was visited, and officially opened, by King Charles.

It welcomed over 500,000 visitors in the year after its reopening and contributed an economic impact of £20m for Glasgow in its first six months.

The winner was selected from a shortlist of five finalists, which also included Leighton House in London, The MAC in Belfast, the Natural History Museum in London, and Scapa Flow Museum on the Island of Hoy in Orkney.

This year’s judging panel consisted of artist Larry Achiampong; author, presenter and classicist Mary Beard; Founder & CEO of a diversity-in-tech community Abadesi Osunsade; National Museums Liverpool Director Laura Pye, and Art Fund Director Jenny Waldman.

Jenny Waldman, director, Art Fund and chair of the judges for Art Fund Museum of the Year, said: “The Burrell Collection is extraordinary – a world-class collection displayed in an inspirational building, in harmony with the surrounding landscape of Pollok country park.

“Huge congratulations to the talented team at the Burrell Collection for winning Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023 and to those who invest in supporting its important work. Thanks to them this museum is truly for everyone to enjoy.”

The ceremony marks the 10th year of the awards. Art Fund has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture to present the last decade of the prize.

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