The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum
Albert Square



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01382 307200


01382 307207

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The McManus is a magnificent Victorian, Gothic building where art, history and the environment combine to offer a facinating insight into Dundee. The McManus has recently undergone an exciting and extensive redevelopment project, to transform the facility into a museum and art gallery for the 21st century. The facility features new displays, cafe and retail area, while still retaining the original Gothic architecture of the building. A Creative Learning Suite and hands-on activities incorporating the latest technology also enhance the overall visitor experience.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.30-16.30
Last entry is 15 minutes before gallery closing time.

Admission charges

Admission Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Patricia Macdonald, Blanket Bog and Felled Forest, The Great Glen, 1987 © Patricia Macdonald, Dundee City Council (Dundee Art Galleries and Museums)

A Silvered Light - Scottish Art Photography from the City's Permanent Collection

  • 6 December 2013 — 30 November 2014 *on now

Scottish Art Photography selected from Dundee City’s permanent collection will be displayed in an exhibition organised by The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum.

This exhibition will showcase images from over 50 photographers collected in the 28 years following the purchase of two important early photographs by Thomas Joshua Cooper in 1985. Dundee was the first local authority to collect fine art photography and this has resulted in a significant collection representing many of the major Scottish-based photographers of the late twentieth century.

Scotland has had a leading role in the development of photography – indeed it is claimed that photography is the only art form that Scots have practiced to the highest standard from the time of its invention. This exhibition will allow visitors to explore the different ways in which the selected artists used the medium of photography in fine art and include work from Calum Colvin, Oscar Marzaroli, Maud Sulter, Emma Hamilton, Patricia MacDonald and David Williams.

The exhibition will be changing focus throughout the year. In addition, there will be a series of linked events taking place throughout 2014. Please check the McManus website and Facebook for updated information


Nick Evans: the White Whale

Nick Evans: The White Whale

  • 20 June — 31 August 2014 *on now

An immersive sculptural installation by artist Nick Evans will be displayed at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum from June 2014, as part of GENERATION a nationwide series of exhibitions that explore the remarkable development of contemporary art in Scotland over the last 25 years.

The White Whale is the latest solo exhibition by Nick Evans. Known for his organically shaped white plaster sculptures, this work is inspired by the Gothic architecture of The McManus and the museum collections within. The interplay between visitor, sculpture, decorative elements and the stunning architecture of the gallery combine to create an immersive artwork.

Evans was born in Mufulira in Zambia, brought up in Somerset and now lives and works in Glasgow. This background has given him an international outlook which informs his work. Evans is fascinated by the art and artefacts of other cultures – particularly studying the various materials used and methods of construction. From these original sources and his knowledge of European art history, he creates his distinctive and original sculptural forms.

Suitable for

  • Any age


McIntosh Patrick Awards Schools Exhibition

  • 27 — 30 August 2014
  • 31 August 2014 12:30-4pm

The sixteenth McIntosh Patrick Award exhibition will be on display in the McManus Creative Learning Studio, showcasing the work of S6 Art & Design pupils from the City’s secondary schools.
The award takes the form of an annual competition open to Dundee city schools, as a memorial to the celebrated and much admired Dundee-born artist, James McIntosh Patrick, and to encourage visual arts talent for the future.

The McIntosh Patrick Awards is a partnership between Dundee City Council Education Department and Leisure & Culture Dundee.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of butterfly on foliage

Talk and Tour: Butterflies – Coming and Going

  • 11 September 2014 1-2:30pm

Our Natural History curators talk about recent changes in local butterfly populations.

Followed by question and answer session.

Admission free, but booking essential on (01382) 307200.

Suitable for

  • Any age
photograph of butterfly on foliage

Butterflies: Coming and Going

  • 11 September 2014 1-2pm

Our natural history curators will talk about recent changes in local butterfly populations. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • 18+