This is the Central Circulation Core, the McManus’ newest architectural space. It was designed by Page/Park Architects, as a contemporary reworking of this building’s impressive Victorian Grand Stair. The Victorian Grand Stair, at the other end of our building, includes stained glass window panels. Here, the traditional use of stained glass has been replaced by a lightwork titled Waldella, Dundee. It was designed especially for this space and is made from 200 brightly coloured plastic bottles. Colour and the imaginative use of recycled materials are both of central importance to the artist David Batchelor’s work. Waldella, Dundee is extremely popular with our visitors. It inspires a smile, and mesmerises with its beauty. Now, please continue to the Victoria 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.


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