The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

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



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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.
There’s a Credit Crunch, Not a Creative Crunch. Aida Wild 2011 London Screenprint © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Aida Wild

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

  • 13 November 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

Over 70 original posters (from print collectives, celebrated artists, graphic designers and anonymous poster-makers), will be displayed in a stimulating exhibition that identifies how posters have been used to mobilise, educate and organise many varied causes and campaigns around the world. Ranging from the early 20th century right up to examples from recent protests in Turkey, Ukraine and Egypt, the posters bring together highly creative graphic design and photography with slogans which span international boundaries and languages.

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution is the fourth in the series of partnership projects with The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum presenting touring exhibitions from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London as part of the pre-opening programme of exhibitions for V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

The display looks at a century of posters agitating for political action, drawn primarily from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s outstanding poster collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protests and loans of rare posters from the Northern Ireland Political Collection held at the Linden Hall Library in Belfast. The posters have been produced under many different conditions: from Apartheid to the Vietnam War and British miners’ strikes. The display brings together some of the most potent, and in many cases controversial, images used to declare opposition to major events and campaigns throughout the world. Together they demonstrate the extraordinary power a poster can have and how different graphic strategies and visual vocabularies of protest emerge and evolve.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Suitable for

  • Any age


poster showing woman helping wounded man

Through Smoke & Flame: WW1 Propoganda Posters by Frank Brangwyn

  • 22 November 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

In commemoration of World War I, our annual Winter Works on Paper is drawn from the City’s collection of sketches, posters and prints by artist Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). Never an official war artist, Brangwyn nevertheless created over eighty striking posters for the British Government, national newspapers, European charities and the US Navy.

This display, which features a selection of these works, explores the importance of the poster in war-time Britain. Today posters continue to play a key role in encouraging support for or against political causes. From 1914-18 however, they were essential for justifying the conflict, encouraging recruitment, seeking charitable donations and promoting war-time thrift.

The most successful posters were those that played on the viewer’s feelings. Frank Brangwyn, an artist renowned for capturing human emotion, was therefore an ideal candidate for the job.


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

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