Aberdeen Art Gallery Winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020


We are immensely proud to have been announced as a winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020, the most prestigious museum prize in the world.

In a unique edition of the prize and in recognition of the unprecedented challenges that all museums face this year, five winning museums have been named. We will equally share the £200,000 award, which is based on our achievements in 2019 - 20.

The winning museums are:
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Gairloch Museum, Gairloch
Science Museum, London
South London Gallery, London
Towner Eastbourne, Eastbourne

The judges’ citation for Aberdeen Art Gallery reads:
“Aberdeen Art Gallery is responsible for an exceptional collection of art and heritage, rightly celebrated as among the finest in the UK. 2019 marked the culmination of the most ambitious redevelopment project in the museum’s 135-year history, completely re-imagining the gallery so its extraordinary treasures, and the stories they tell can be celebrated, shared and better understood. The judges were impressed with the scale and ambition of this project, which increased the number of works on show from 370 to 1080, the beautifully executed  restoration, and the commitment to involve the people of the city in the future of this rediscovered jewel on their doorsteps. They look forward to seeing what the next 100 years would bring.”