The Landscapes and Lives gallery explores Dundee’s pre history - 400 Million years ago – up to its early human settlement. The gallery focuses on the interaction between landscape, nature and humans. Dundee is part of the Tay Valley – a landscape created millions of years ago. Powerful natural forces have shaped the landscape of Dundee over millions of years. Ancient volcanoes and rivers formed this landscape of rocks and hills, vast sheets of ice scoured the land, carving and changing the ancient terrain. These changes created the landscape we see today. But the forces of nature, and the actions of human beings, are still transforming both the look and the use of the land around us. The collections in this gallery are evidence of the creation of the landscape, and demonstrate the plants and animals that existed, and some that can still be seen today. The gallery also shows early human settlements and begins to explain the connection between the landscape and the lives of its inhabitants. When you’re ready to move on, please turn to your right and walk to the end of the gallery to find the case containing fossils.

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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.


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