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‘Fantastic achievement’ as V&A Dundee shortlisted for prestigious museum prize

The attraction, which opened on September 15 last year, has so far welcomed more than 500,000 visitors.

VandA Dundee is in the running for a major museum prize (Jane Barlow/PA)
VandA Dundee is in the running for a major museum prize (Jane Barlow/PA)

The shortlisting of the V&A Dundee for a prestigious museum prize less than a year since it opened has been described as a “fantastic achievement”.

The visitor attraction has been selected as one of five finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019.

V&A Dundee opened on September 15 last year and has so far welcomed more than 500,000 visitors.

VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said of the shortlisting: “This incredible achievement cements V&A Dundee’s reputation as one of the UK’s most significantly important cultural attractions and recognises more than a decade’s worth of work, from initial conception to full operation.”

Making this prestigious shortlist will undoubtedly increase interest in the museum, which is already exceeding expectation, and continue to position Dundee as a must-visit destination Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland

He added: “V&A Dundee has been a game-changer for Scottish tourism, propelling the east of Scotland into the global spotlight and showcasing our cultural offering to a worldwide audience.

“Making this prestigious shortlist will undoubtedly increase interest in the museum, which is already exceeding expectation, and continue to position Dundee as a must-visit destination.”

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The world-class V&A Dundee has increased the national and international profile of the city.

“It is a fantastic achievement to be shortlisted for this prestigious international award, which is richly deserved.”

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “It is an honour for everyone who has helped create, launch and run V&A Dundee for the museum to be shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019.”

The other four museums shortlisted for the title are HMS Caroline, Belfast; Nottingham Contemporary; Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; and St Fagans National Museum of History, near Cardiff.

The winning museum, which will receive £100,000, will be announced at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on July 3.

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