The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum
Albert Square
Meadowside
Dundee
DD1 1DA
Scotland

Website

www.leisureandculturedundee.com

E-mail

general information

themcmanus@leisureandculturedundee.com

Telephone

01382 307200

Fax

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.
Lonely Torso, 1945 by William McCance

Classical Art: The Legacy of the Ancients

  • 24 January — 10 May 2015 *on now

To coincide with ‘Roman Empire: Power and People’, The McManus is staging an exhibition of artworks with a taste of the Antique.

‘Classical Art: the Legacy of Ancients’ will illustrate the enduring influence of ancient Greek and Roman culture through paintings, sculpture and ceramics from Dundee’s nationally significant collection of fine art.

The Greeks were the greatest myth-makers of all time. Stories of gods, heroes and men were enacted in plays, depicted in paintings and individual characters sculpted in bronze.

Through ancient writers, particularly the Latin author Ovid, the myths have been handed down and have inspired artists for more than two thousand years.

The exhibition includes; a red-figure wine bowl dating to 450 BC, a nineteenth century bronze head of Dionysus, a watercolour titled ‘Lonely Torso’ by William McCance and Kate Whiteford’s ‘Votives and Libations’, a contemporary take on classical forms.

Website

http://www.mcmanus.co.uk

1.	Marble sculpture of a barbarian captive Roman about AD160 – 170 © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Roman Empire: Power & People - A British Museum Tour

  • 24 January — 10 May 2015 *on now

The McManus is the touring exhibition’s only Scottish venue!

This exhibition brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum, to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.

Roman Empire: Power and People explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, and also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of many people and places that the Romans came into contact with, were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

Alongside the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity see objects from Dundee’s Roman collections, as well as objects on loan from the National Museum of Scotland, and Perth & Kinross Museum Service.

An exciting programme of activities and events accompanies the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/

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.
Roman Empire Event

Roman Scotland: Life on the Edge of the Roman Empire

  • 25 January — 25 February 2015 *on now

Learn what life was like for both Romans and natives in occupied Scotland, from Dr Fraser Hunter, principal curator of Iron Age and Roman collections at National Museums Scotland.
Booking essential at www.themcmanus.eventbrite.co.uk
Exhibition opens at 6pm, talk begins at 6.30pm.Sponsored by the Roman Society.

Website

http://www.themcmanus.eventbrite.co.uk

Talk: What is Classical Art?

  • 5 February 2015 1-1:30pm

Join us for an informal tour of ‘Classical Art: The Legacy of The Ancients’ exhibition at The McManus, and find out why the culture of ancient Greece and Rome has been a constant inspiration to artists for over two thousand years.
FREE. Booking essential on (01382) 307200.

Website

http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/

Love and the Romans Event

Love and the Romans

  • 14 February 2015 7-10pm

From stolen glances and passionate embraces to bitter break-ups and fond farewells, Roman poetry is a great place to learn the ancient language of love. Join Makar
WN Herbert, poet for the City of Dundee, as he shares a selection of Roman love Poetry with you to celebrate St Valentine’s Day.

Booking essential at www.themcmanus.eventbrite.co.uk
This specially-themed event also includes live music performances, and a delectable feast of Valentine nibbles and drinks will be on offer from the McManus Café Bar. Over 18’s only.

Website

http://www.themcmanus.eventbrite.co.uk

Roman Empire Event

Roman Coins: Head & Tales

  • 28 February 2015 2-4pm

From strong women to dastardly forgers, Roman coins have stories to tell. Meet our Curators in the museum’s Creative Learning Studio to see some of the coins in Dundee’s collection up close. No need to book, just drop in.

Website

http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/

Roman Empire Event

Talk: Meet the Romans

  • 12 March 2015 1-1:30pm

Join Curator of Early History at The McManus, Christina Donald, as she discusses some of the highlights of the British Museum’s ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ exhibition.
Booking essential on (01382) 307200.

Website

http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/

Talk: The Power of Myth

  • 9 April 2015 1-1:30pm

Join us for a fascinating look at some of the Greek and Roman myths that have inspired artists through the ages. This talk will include an informal tour of the exhibition ‘Classical Art: The Legacy of the Ancients’.
Booking essential on (01382) 307200.

Roman Empire Event

Roman Holidays: Talk & Tournament

  • 13 April 2015 2-4pm

Mark Hall, Curator at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, introduces our holiday programme of family activities, exploring the Romans’ love for board games. Find out about the 2000 year-old games that can still be played today, the soldiers and emperors who played them; and take part in an exciting games tournament. Who will be the Roman champion of 2015?
No need to book, just drop in. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Website

http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/

Roman Empire Event

Talk: Horus’ Hidden Plumage

  • 25 April 2015 2-3:30pm

British Museum Conservation Scientist, Joanne Dyer, presents the fascinating story behind the sculpture of the Egyptian god Horus and will describe how innovative imaging techniques have been used to determine its original colourful appearance. The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion. FREE.
Booking essential at www.themcmanus.eventbrite.co.uk

Website

http://www.themcmanus.eventbrite.co.uk

Roman Empire Event

Event: Roman Armour

  • 7 May 2015 3-4pm

How did a Roman soldier based in Northern Britain dress? What weapons did he carry? Using evidence from archaeology and contemporary sculpture, Dr Jon Coulston, School of Classics, University of St Andrews, answers these questions and many more, giving a fascinating insight into life in the Roman Army.
Booking essential at www.themcmanus.eventbrite.co.uk

Website

http://www.themcmanus.eventbrite.co.uk

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