The Making of Modern Dundee gallery explores Dundee’s vibrant history, from the 19th century to the present day. The displays highlight Dundee’s incredible expansion over the past two hundred years, due to the effect industrialization has had on the city and its people. Dundee has been an industrial town from the beginnings of the whaling and jute industries in the late 18th century, through the heyday of Keiller’s jam production into the late 20th century, which saw precision industries NCR – that’s the National Cash Register - and Timex factories being established in the city. Although jute and jam are no longer manufactured in Dundee, the legacy of these industries still survives. The skills learnt by the workforce, their ability to apply specialist knowledge to enhance and develop new skills – along with a strong work ethic - have helped to attract new manufacturing industries to the city. These include industries based on textiles, electronics and computer gaming, as well as the more recent focus on biomedical research. This gallery explores what daily life was like for the people of Dundee, from the 19th century to the present. You’ll find displays on major events, including the Tay Bridge disaster and two world wars, alongside day-to-day experiences such as visiting the cinema, public parks, sporting events, and evidence of the city’s changing retail businesses. The gallery also tells some of the stories of the many different communities that are proud to call Dundee their home. When you’re ready to move on, please find the whaling case, towards the middle right side of the gallery, underneath the whale skull.
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.