14 July 2023

The Burrell Collection wins the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award


We’re absolutely delighted that The Burrell Collection has been named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023, winning the world’s largest museum prize. After an extensive transformation that started in 2014 with the project masterplan, the museum in Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, officially opened its doors to the public again on 29 March 2022. 

We have supported the project throughout, from leading the masterplan for the site and the building, through to the design of The Burrell Collection’s beautifully crafted new exhibition displays that work seamlessly with the building and its natural setting to showcase the stunning collection. We worked hand-in-hand throughout with the Glasgow Life team to make The Burrell one of the most accessible fine and decorative arts museum and to bring alive new perspectives on the collections – revealing their rich stories for audiences of all ages, unlocking the techniques and skills used by their makers and exploring the mindset of the collector, Sir William Burrell.

This follows on from our work with Glasgow over the last two decades, evolving the vision, funding applications and design for the redevelopment of Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery and the creation of the new Riverside Museum – projects that have helped to transform Glasgow’s cultural offer and regenerate the city.

The winner was announced at a ceremony at London’s British Museum on Wednesday, and presented by artist Sir Grayson Perry, and on BBC One’s The One Show by actors Emily Blunt and Matt Damon. The Burrell was one of five finalists alongside Leighton House in London, the MAC in Belfast, the Natural History Museum in London and Scapa Flow Museum in Orkney.

The Art Fund, in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, is celebrating the Museum of the Year award's ten-year anniversary. The Burrell Collection is our second winner, with St Fagans National Museum of History in Wales scooping the prestigious prize in 2019.

The Burrell Collection is extraordinary, a world-class collection displayed in an inspirational building, in harmony with the surrounding landscape of Pollok country park ... the sensitive renovation and collection redisplay invite exploration and delight ... This museum is truly for everyone to enjoy.

Jenny Waldman, Director of the Art Fund 

With real rigour and imagination, they have realised the true depth of what it means for a museum to be accessible. I would encourage everyone to go and experience it.

Mary Beard, Historian