Ten museums and galleries have been chosen by the judges to compete for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year and the £10,000 Clore Award for Learning.
Celebrating the very best UK museums and galleries, the Prize highlights the innovative and creative ways that museums bring objects and collections to life, looking specifically at activity undertaken in 2012.
As well as the £100,000 prize for Museum of the Year, one of the ten finalist museums will receive £10,000 for the Clore Award for Learning, which recognises achievements in learning programmes for children and young people. Both winners will be drawn from the ten finalists.
From Pembrokeshire to Wakefield, the impressive finalist museums have enthralled millions of visitors with fascinating objects: a Viking iron board, a homemade orchestron, a live beehive, an Egyptian mummified cat and even a beloved walrus are just some of the intriguing items that have inspired. From now until the end of May our five judges will travel the UK to see the ten museums, revealing the winners on 4 June.
The 2013 Finalists
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
Horniman Museum & Gardens, London
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge
Narberth Museum, Pembrokeshire
Preston Park Museum, Stockton-on-Tees
William Morris Gallery, London