What is a museum? All museums collect objects, record their details, care for them and share the objects with their visitors. In this display you’ll find objects and works of art that reflect the people, culture and environment of Dundee, Scotland and our wider world. The display also celebrates Dundee’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design. The objects you see here are drawn entirely from the City’s diverse permanent collections. The display introduces ideas you can explore in greater depth, in the permanent galleries. When you think about it, design has an impact on every aspect of our lives, including the objects we choose for our homes, the cut of the clothes we wear, the layout of our City’s streets and the creation of social policy. As you’ll see in this display, thoughtful design has the power to change our lives for the better.

To hear about Dundee’s game design industry, and have a look at objects relating to the publisher DC Thomson, including a Dennis the Menace badge, find the objects numbers 8, 9 and 13 in the left hand case. Then press the A button on your player. When you’ve finished exploring the “What is a Museum” display, please head past the stairs and walk straight ahead into the “Landscapes and Lives” gallery.


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The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum is situated in the centre of Dundee. The Museum and Art Gallery originally known as the Albert Institute was opened in 1867 as a memorial to Prince Albert. In 2005 The McManus closed for a major refurbishment, reopening again on the 28th February 2010. We celebrated our 150th Anniversay in 2017 with a year of celebration. In 2020 we were awarded Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit Scotland. The McManus has 8 galleries, which are laid out on 2 floors. Visitors can embark on a journey through 400 million years, and witness how a small settlement developed into the City of Dundee as it is today. From exhibits relating to the life of early man in the area, stunning paintings and decorative art through to artefacts from industries past and present, the City's collections, many of which are recognised as being of national significance, give an insight into Dundee and its people.


  • The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum
  • Dundee United Kingdom
  • www.mcmanus.co.uk