Design Museum is best in Europe
London’s Design Museum, opened in November 1016, is the European Museum of the Year.
Sir Terence Conran’s creation in the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street was named at a ceremony in Warsaw, only the seventh UK museum to win the prize in its 41-year history.
“This announcement is a huge testament to the mission of the museum and thoroughly deserved following the opening of such a stunning new building and the successful range of exhibitions and programmes mounted in the last year” said Lord Mandelson, chairman of trustees.
The museum gets negligible public subsidy, but earlier this year welcomed its one millionth visitor.
Previous British European Museums of the Year have been Ironbridge Gorge Museum, the Beamish Museum in County Durham, the National Conservation Centre in Liverpool, the National Railway Museum in York, the V&A and, in 2013, the Riverside Museum, Glasgow.