A GLASGOW attraction is in the running for the ‘world’s largest museum prize’.

The Burrell Collection, which reopened last year following a multi-million-pound refurbishment, is one of only two Scottish finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023.

Along with Scapa Flow Museum, Orkney, and three other contenders around the UK, the Burrell is in line for the £120,000 prize which marks its 10th anniversary this year.

Glasgow Times: Inside the Burrell CollectionInside the Burrell Collection (Image: Colin Mearns)

The Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park houses the 9000-object collection of Sir William and Lady Constance, including one of the UK’s most significant holdings of Chinese art, some of the world’s finest medieval stained glass and tapestries, and paintings by artists including Rembrandt and Degas.

Baillie Annette Christie, chairperson of Glasgow Life, said: “The opening of The Burrell Collection in 1983 was the first demonstration of Glasgow’s commitment to culture-led regeneration.

“The benefits associated with accessing culture are tangible and the deep joy it can bring is visible every day at the reimagined Burrell Collection. We received great support to develop new accessible displays for this impressive collection, created in partnership with the local community, all housed in a sustainable and stunning listed building.”


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The other three shortlisted museums are Leighton House (London); The MAC (Belfast); and the Natural History Museum (London).

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the British Museum in London on July 12.