The £100 000 prize recognises excellence in museum and gallery exhibition design and refurbishment completed in the previous year.
The A History of the World exhibition was designed in partnership with the BBC and branded by Fallon, and explored the history of civilisation with the support of 550 museums nationwide.
Chairman of the judges Michael Portillo says, ‘We were particularly impressed by the truly global scope of the British Museum’s project, which combined intellectual rigour and openheartedness, and went far beyond the boundaries of the museum’s walls.’
He adds, ‘Above all, we felt that this project, which showed a truly pioneering use of digital media, has led the way for museums to interact with their audiences in new and different ways.’
Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar says, ‘The British Museum’s A History of the World is a museological tour de force and epitomises all that’s great about curatorship in the UK today.’
The other three shortlisted exhibitions were Promoting Britain’s Polar Heritage at The Polar Museum, University of Cambridge; the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Scotland; and Roman Baths Development at The Roman Baths Museum in Bath.