Landscapes and Lives 2 explores evidence of early human habitation in and around the area of Tayside, up until the time when Dundee became a vibrant trading port with commercial links across the world. The collections are evidence of the Roman presence in Scotland to the origins of the people known as Picts who go back to the Iron Age, at least 2,500 years ago. The Gallery then brings us to the period between 1200 and 1850 when Dundee grew from a tiny village into a densely populated town. Trade, politics, work and war all played their part in Dundee’s growth, determining its success and influencing the lives of its townspeople. In 1191, Dundee was made a Royal Burgh by King William 1st of Scotland. From 1200 onwards, Dundee's local, national and international trading operations went from strength to strength. Dundonians exported and imported goods from guns to oranges. They made money and provided jobs. This was all made possible by the town’s location on the River Tay. Today it's hard to understand what a vital economic role the River Tay has historically played in Dundonian's lives. You’ll hear more about this in The Making of Modern Dundee Gallery. When you’re ready, please make your way to the large Pictish Stones on the right, at the back of the gallery.
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.