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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 April 2007, 07:28 GMT 08:28 UK
Arts prize shortlist down to four
Kew Palace
Some rooms at Kew Palace have been untouched for 200 years
The shortlist of galleries and museums in the running for one of the UK's biggest arts awards has been whittled down to four.

A 100,000 Gulbenkian Prize winner is to be announced on 24 May.

Contenders are Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Kew Palace in London, Pallant House in Chichester and Weston Park Museum in Sheffield.

Chairman of the judges, Francine Stock, said all four were "outstanding", and that choosing a shortlist was "tough".

She said: "We've travelled coast to coast from northernmost Scotland to the Sussex seaside, visiting 10 very different museums.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
District Museum, Braintree
Horniman Museum, London
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Kew Palace, London
Metropolitan University's Women's Library, London
Pallant House, Chichester
Scotland And Medicine, Edinburgh
V&A Islamic gallery, London
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

"Each has its own way of attracting the local community and new audiences to collections and exhibitions, and it is exciting to see the growth in visitor numbers."

Kelvingrove, a Victorian gallery and museum that has had a 35m restoration, has what has been called "one of the greatest civic collections in Europe".

Its 85,000 objects are grouped according to themes and stories, rather than style or chronology, and range from fine arts to archaeology and the natural world.

Kew Palace, a four-storey red brick house in Kew Gardens in south west London, is Britain's smallest royal palace and was home to George III and his family in the early 1800s.

The palace recently underwent a major restoration and reopened to the public last year. Some rooms have been recreated in Georgian splendour, but others have remained untouched for 200 years.

Butcher's shop

Pallant House Gallery's collection of modern British art includes works by Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth and Walter Sickert.

The Queen Anne townhouse recently became the first gallery in the UK to install a geothermal heating and cooling system which has cut carbon emissions by up to 50%.

Treasures in Weston Park Museum, which opened in 1875, range from Egyptian mummies to a traditional butcher's shop.

It had 55,000 visitors in its first 15 days after opening, following a 19m transformation.

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