United Kingdom

Albert Square, Meadowside
Phone: +44 (0)1382 307200
Fax: +44 (0)1382 307207
Website: www.mcmanus.co.uk

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum

The McManus is a magnificent Victorian, Gothic building where art, history and the environment combine to offer a fascinating insight into Dundee. The McManus has recently been refurbished, to transform the facility into a museum and art gallery for the 21st century. The facility features new displays, cafe and retail area, while still retaining its original Gothic architecture. A Creative Learning Suite and hands-on activities incorporating the latest technology also enhance the overall visitor experience.

Permanent Collection

The museum's collections consist of some 150,000 items held in trust by Dundee City Council.

These collections are accessible via our displays in at McManus Galleries and Museum and Broughty Castle Museum, with a few objects of an astronomical nature in show at the Mills Observatory. These displays are only the tip of the iceberg for the whole collection, most of which is held in reserve in the museum stores. These items are accessible via our Collections Unit on Barrack St, just stone's throw from The McManus in the heart of Dundee

Here you can ask to see our natural history collections. These include our geological collections comprise some 6000 specimens of rocks, minerals and fossils. Highlights include fossil fish from the local sandstone, used to build much of old Dundee and colourful agates from the ancient lavas of the area. Our botanical collections, some 15,000 herbarium specimens, include the important U K Duncan herbarium of Scottish plants as well as significant holdings of mosses and lichens. Zoology material includes, bird and mammal mounts, 2,000 skins plus associated skeletal specimens and over 500 spirit-preserved fish. The largest numbers of items are in our invertebrate zoology, which is by far our largest group, has both foreign, historic material and well-documented modern specimens of Scottish origin. Butterflies and moths and beetles are particularly well represented.

Within our human history collection we have items relating to community history with objects relating to the community and domestic life of Dundee, including civic history and recreation along with costume. There are letters from missionary Mary Slessor, and an extensive ...+ [ Read all ]


Now showing until August 2011:

Consider the Lilies: A Second Look
Consider the Lilies celebrates the City's fine collection of Scottish painting from 1910-1980. Highlights include Hugh Adam Crawford's 'Washing by the River', a breezy evocation of Broughty Ferry, Dundee's seaside suburb.
Admission Free. Opening times: Mon to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12.30-4.30pm. Last entry is 15 minutes before gallery closing time.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Saturday 28 May - Sunday 4 September 2011
Matt Stokes - Long After Tonight

'Long After Tonight' is an award-winning film by Matt Stokes that draws on Dundee's history as the home of a strong Northern Soul scene. It documents a specially organised Northern Soul event held at 'Sally's' (St Salvador's Church in Hilltown, Dundee), a venue that was used during the 1970s for some of the City's first 'Northern' nights. This atmospheric film subtly connects the religious iconography of the church with the faith and passion required of the dance particiapnts to keep their Northern Soul subculture alive. Premiered to widespread acclaim in 2005, this is the first time that the film has been shown since it was purchased by Dundee Art Galleries & Museums. It will be shown alongside original material from the Northern Soul scene. Admission Free.


Admission Free

Opening hours

Mon to Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12.30-4.30pm
Last entry is 15 minutes before gallery closing time.

Getting there

Located in Dundee City Centre 10 minutes' walk from the main bus and rail stations.


Four disabled parking bays at the north of the building. Level access to the building, full wheelchair access to all public areas of the building and a lift to all floors. Wheelchairs are available for loan from reception, which is also fitted with an induction loop.

Room thresholds have lighting to assist visitors with partial sight, and there are larger text sizes and colour coding on displays. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

Accessible toilets incorporating adult changing are available in the main toilet suite.

Free Wi-Fi available throughout the building.

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