London's Design Museum has won the European Museum of the Year 2018 prize, the seventh UK winner in 41 years.
The annual competition is run by the European Museum Forum, the longest-running and most prestigous museum award scheme. The Design Museum is described on the European Museum of the Year website: "In its unique building this inspiring, socially-aware museum is an exceptional achievement, celebrating and exploring the magic of human creativity, the objects, ideas skills and forces that shape our lives. Without losing its identity, this museum was able to renew and strengthen its public values, reopening with a wide range of new exhibitions along with an intense program of activities, providing an impressive and memorable experience for its visitors of all ages, achieving accessibility of the highest quality.
The Design Museum moved premises from its original position near Tower Bridge, reopening in West London on 24 November 2016. This year saw the museum receive its millionth visitor and its Ferrari: Under the Skin exhibition (which opened 25 March and finished 18 April 2018) has had the biggest audience in its history with more than 100,000 visitors. The Design Museum has also toured a number of its exhibitions: 'Hello, My Name is Paul Smith' has visited Taipei and Shanghai, and is set to open at Beijing's Today Art Museum on 6 June until 7 October 2018.
Previous UK winners of the European Museum of the Year award include Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Shropshire; Beamish Museum, County Durham; the National Conservation Centre, Liverpool; National Railway Museum, York; the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London; and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.
Image of the Design Museum from designmuseum.org.