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Shortlist for Art Fund's Museum of the Year revealed

  • Date: 15 May 2012
  • Area: National

Four museums and art galleries have made it onto the shortlist to be crowned the Museum of the Year for the Art Fund Prize 2012.

Included in the final four is the Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, which was only opened to the public in May last year. The gallery is an Arts Council national portfolio organisation which also received £5 million in National Lottery funding from the Arts Council for its build.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which has undergone a £17.6m makeover is also in the running, as well as the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and Surrey's Watts Gallery.

Those nominees which narrowly missed out include Margate's Turner Contemporary and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow - both attractions which have been recently launched. The M Shed in Bristol was also on the longlist, alongside the National Museum of Scotland, Bath's Holburne Museum and Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes.

'Whittling 10 really strong nominees down to a list of four was a supremely difficult process, and I've no doubt that deciding on a museum of the year from this list will prove equally tough', said Lord Smith of Finsbury, chair of the judging panel.

A £100,000 prize will be awarded to the winner which will be revealed on June 19.

Find out more about the prize on the Art Fund website.