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On Friday the winner of the Leading Culture awards 2015 was announced in London. New York’s Museum of Modern Art took the top place with many of the usual suspects not far behind.

The Center Pompidou in Paris and London’s Tate Modern made the cut, but some of the familiar museum heavy weights didn’t.

Even though France’s Louvre is the world’s most visited art museum, it didn’t get a mention at the awards. Florence’s Galleria degli Uffizi and Madrid’s Reina Sofia were too ignored.

Some new guns made an appearance on the list: Oita Prefectural Art Museum in Japan, and architecture supremo Frank Gehry’s Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris were this year’s newcomers.

Best exhibitions & programming

Tate Modern, London (UK) — Winner
Museum of Modern Art, New York (U.S.)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)
New Museum, New York (U.S.)
Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)

Best architecture & spatial design

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France) — Winner
Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao (Spain)
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (Qatar)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (U.S.)

Best digital experience

Museum of Modern Art, New York (U.S.) — Winner
Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)
Getty Center, Los Angeles (U.S.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (U.S.)
Tate Modern, London (UK)

Best eat & drink

Centre Pompidou, Paris (France) — Winner
Tate Modern, London (UK)
Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)
Somerset House, London (UK)

Best shop

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK) — Winner
Museum of Modern Art, New York (U.S.)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)
Tate Modern, London (UK)
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (France)

Overall winner: Leading culture destination of the year

Museum of Modern Art, New York (U.S.) — Winner

Best emerging culture destination: Europe

Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (UK) — Winner
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
The Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)
Barcelona Design Museum, Barcelona (Spain)
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (Russia)
Fondazione Prada, Milan (Italy)

Best emerging culture destination: Asia

Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita (Japan) — Winner
Museum SAN, Wonj (South Korea)
Asia Modern, Wufeng, Taichung (Taiwan)
Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (China)
Pinacotheque De Paris (Singapore)

Best emerging culture destination: Africa

Museum MMP +, Marrakech (Morocco) — Winner
Museum Mohammed VI, Rabat (Morocco)
Ouidah Museum of History (Benin)
Thread by Foundation Annie & Josef Albers, Sinthian (Senegal)

Best emerging culture destination: North America

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (U.S.) — Winner
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg (Canada)
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York (U.S.)
The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (U.S.)
Mana Contemporary, New Jersey (U.S.)

Best emerging culture destination: Central & South America

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Merida, Merida (Mexico) — Winner
The Biomuseo, Panama City (Panama)
Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City (Mexico)
Museo Soumaya, Mexico City (Mexico)
La ene — Nuevo museo energia de arte contemporaneo, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janerio (Brazil)

Best emerging culture destination: Middle East

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, (Qatar) — Winner
Oman National Museum, Muscat (Oman)
Design Museum, Holon (Israel)
Dubai Moving Image Museum, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Salsali Private Museum, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Best art experience in a hotel

La Colombe d’Or, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France) — Winner
Gramercy Park Hotel, New York (U.S.)
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resort, Rome (Italy)
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (Canada)
Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai (China)
Palace Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)

Best emerging city for culture

Mexico City (Mexico) — Winner
Manchester (UK)
Oslo (Norway)
Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
Venice (Italy)

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