There are so many incredible museums and galleries out there around the UK that culture vultures really are very spoiled for choice – so we know that the Art Fund is going to have a particularly difficult time of it deciding which fine establishment should be named Museum of the Year 2019.
In all, five outstanding museums have been shortlisted for the prize – HMS Caroline, Nottingham Contemporary, the Pitt Rivers Museum, St Fagans National Museum of History and the V&A Dundee.
HMS Caroline, the Royal Navy’s only survivor of the Battle of Jutland (the biggest naval engagement in the first world war), now serves as a floating museum and was recently restored thanks to a £20 million project. If it’s an insight into the story of the Irish sailor, maritime warfare and naval history you’re after, then HMS Caroline is a must-visit for you.
Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, meanwhile, is home to more than 600,000 objects, manuscripts and photographs from all over the world, all exhibited by type instead of time or region to create a democracy of things. You’ll find musical instruments, weapons, textiles, masks, tools, jewellery and more here.
St Fagans National Museum of History has just undergone a £30 million redevelopment to become the National Museum of History in Wales, opening new galleries and workshop spaces, as well as transforming the visitor experience.
As for Nottingham Contemporary, which opened in 2009, the museum has reached more than two million people through events, activities and contemporary art exhibitions.
And the V&A Dundee is the first-ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A to be found anywhere in the world apart from London, which certainly makes it worth a visit.
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