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Young V&A: ‘World’s most joyful museum’ wins Museum of the Year award

The Young V&A, which describes itself as the most joyful museum in the world, has won the 2024 Museum of the Year award.

The east London venue, which is aimed at children and young people, will receive a £120,000 prize.

It was named the winner by the Art Fund charity at a ceremony in the capital on Tuesday.

The Young V&A, a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum, reopened in July 2023 after being closed for a three-year £13m redevelopment. It was formerly called the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Culture Secretary Lisa Nandy said the Young V&A had created “a unique space dedicated to young people”.

Jenny Waldman, director of the Art Fund and chair of the judges, agreed and called the museum “truly inspirational”.

“It has radically reimagined the museum with and for young people, creating a museum experience that’s active, empowering and dynamic, centred on learning through play,” she said.

“You truly are the world’s most joyful museum and will inspire young people now and for generations to come.”

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