Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014: The six names on the shortlist

By Culture24 Reporter | 24 April 2014

Six of the best have been named on the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014 shortlist. Take a look at them

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

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David Dimbleby declared it “a brilliantly preserved snapshot of life in Tudor times in all its aspects” and David Starkey called it “the English Pompeii”. Opened on the site the ship was once hoisted on to in the culmination of a £35 million project last May, the Mary Rose Museum invites visitors to look into the eyes of the crew who sank with the Mary Rose in 1545. Meet the reconstructed shipmates.

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, East Sussex

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Synonymous with carver, craftsman, designer and typographer Eric Gill, the museum dedicated to him reopened as an atmospheric homage on the South Downs during late 2013. Read our Review.

Hayward Gallery and Hayward Touring, London

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Opened in 1968, the Hayward Gallery’s highlights during its 46th year included Light Show, which attracted 190,000 visitors. “2013 was an exceptional and exciting year,” said Ralph Rugoff, the Gallery’s Director. “We welcomed new audiences to our touring programme and have continued to curate the unexpected and unknown.” Read our Review of Light Show.

Tate Britain, London

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The three-year plan to transform Tate Britain’s Millbank entrance ended last November, with a central rotunda the most striking of its new features. Director Penelope Curtis said the project "opened up the Millbank entrance" to "reassert and enhance the original grandeur and logic of the galleries.” Read about the £45 million makeover.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

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Works by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Amar Kanwar and Hans Josephsohn were among the highlights at the 500-acre Sculpture Park, where Roger Hiorns’ Seizure also caught the eye. The best may be yet to come – the YSP Chapel and Dam Head Pump House will re-open next year following major restoration initiatives. See .

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

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A complete redisplay has taken place, spanning more than 500 works of art in one of the finest galleries in the country, including the design of new spaces for the permanent collection and the largest contiguous space for temporary exhibitions in eastern England. Read our Review of current exhibition Monument.

  • The winner will be announced on July 9 2014. Visit and use the hashtag #MOTY2014 on Twitter.

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More on previous Prizes:

William Morris Gallery wins in 2013

British Museum wins for A History of the World in 100 Objects

"Magical" Royal Albert Memorial Museum wins 2012 Prize

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