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Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist

Ten museums are in the running to win £100,000 and the prestigious title of 'Museum of the Year'.

Four newly opened museums and three Scottish museums feature on a varied and exciting list showcasing the best of British culture, from local history to contemporary sculpture. The ten longlisted museums are:


The British MuseumBletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks: The Life and Works of Alan Turing
Bletchley Park is the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.


The Hepworth WakefieldThe Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire: The Hepworth Wakefield
Designed by acclaimed architect David Chipperfield, Hepworth Wakefield opened in May 2011 following a £35 million development bringing together Wakefield's art collection.


The Holburne MuseumThe Holburne Museum, Bath, Somerset: The Holburne Museum Development Project
The Holburne Museum reopened in May 2011 following a £11.4 million refurbishment. The new contemporary extension attracted over 100,000 people within the first six months of reopening.


M ShedM Shed, Bristol: A New Museum for Bristol
Bristol's new museum is devoted to telling the story of the city and its people. The £27 million development opened in June 2011 and has already attracted almost 450,000 visitors.


The National Galleries of ScotlandThe National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh: Portrait of the Nation
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopened following a £17.6 million transformation in December 2011, the first refurbishment in the museum's 120-year history.


National Museum of ScotlandNational Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Development
The £47.4 million redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland aimed to reinvent the grand Victorian vision of an encyclopedic museum for the contemporary era.


Riverside MuseumRiverside Museum, Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow: Riverside Museum Project
Incorporating Glasgow's well-loved Museum of Transport with new ways of displaying and interpreting the collections, the Riverside Museum opened in June 2011.


Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art GalleryRoyal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter: RAMM Development Project
With collections ranging from fine art to archaeology, botany to geology, the museum attracted over 50,000 visitors within its first month of reopening in December 2011.


Turner ContemporaryTurner Contemporary, Margate, Kent: Turner Contemporary
Turner Contemporary is the new art gallery for Margate, Kent, which opened in April 2011 following a £17 million development.


Watts GalleryWatts Gallery, Guildford, Surrey: The Watts Gallery Hope Project
Watts Gallery, devoted to the work of Victorian painter George Frederic Watts (1817–1904), has been longlisted for the prize following the success of its £10 million refurbishment.


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