The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

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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.
Reflection on Celts

Reflections on Celts

  • 1 September — 5 December 2016 *on now

Reflections on Celts is a partnership tour between National Museums Scotland and the British Museum featuring two Iron Age mirrors, which tell very different stories, and help us to understand the relationships between communities in Britain 2,000 years ago.

National Museums Scotland's mirror was discovered at Balmaclellan in Kirkcudbrightshire, south-west Scotland. It was part of a hoard of metalwork wrapped in cloth parcels which was placed in a bog, perhaps as an offering to the gods. Unlike the English mirror, both faces were smooth for reflecting. Decoration is confined to the handle, the shape of which is modelled on Roman vessel handles.

The British Museum's Holcombe mirror, from Devon, south-west England, was uncovered during the excavation of a Late Iron Age settlement which lay beneath a Roman villa. The back of the mirror is engraved with a stunning looped design which perfectly balances engraved motifs with empty space. This was a new style of Celtic art which developed in southern Britain as communities here were coming into closer contact with the Roman world.

The mirrors are supplemented by objects from The McManus' collection which explore the history of the Celts in Dundee and the surrounding area. The McManus display features three key time periods; the Iron Age, Post Roman and the Celtic revival, with a range of objects from Pictish metalwork to items excavated from Hillforts providing an insight into the lives of the people in those periods. Highlights include John Duncan's The Riders of the Sidhe and a replica of the Hunterston Brooch.

The exhibition also showcases a stunning 3D visualisation of the Dundee Law as it would have looked in the Iron Age. This film includes objects unearthed from the Law including Roman pottery, Celtic lamps and a whale bone.

Reflections on Celts at The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum is the last stop on the partnership tour, and is your last chance to see the mirrors together. It opens to the public on Thursday 1 September and runs until Monday 5 December.

The Reflections on Celts tour is generously supported by the Dorset Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Orange, Black & Lilac Squares on Vermillion, 1968.

Out of the Frame: Scottish Abstraction

  • 4 November 2016 — 23 April 2017 *on now

From early protagonist William Gear, to contemporary painter Callum Innes, Scots continue to find new ways to engage with the seemingly endless possibilities of abstraction. ‘Out of the Frame’ examines how Scottish artists have experimented and engaged with abstract art. Turning their backs on realistic representation, they focus instead on colour, shape, form and gestural marks. Whilst some use these to express thoughts and emotions, others let them stand-alone, creating art based purely on visual effect.

‘Out of the Frame’ includes the City’s latest fine art acquisition in the shape of three abstract works by Victoria Morton, as well as stunning artworks by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Calum Innes.

Dundee’s entire fine and applied art and whaling collections are recognised as being of national significance. The Collection is owned by Dundee City Council and administered on their behalf by Leisure and Culture Dundee. The Recognition Scheme is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Joseph Crawhall, A Lincolnshire Pasture. c.1882

A Sense of Place: Twentieth Century Scottish Painting

  • 4 November 2016 — 1 October 2017 *on now

How have Scottish artists represented the world around them? Drawn from Dundee’s nationally significant fine art collection, this display focuses primarily on landscape painting.

The exhibition focuses on landscapes by Scottish artists, starting with the pioneering work of the Glasgow Boys. Inspired by French practice, ‘The Boys’ moved out of the studio to paint out-of-doors, en plein air. With this new spirit of naturalism, artists were able to capture the effects of light and the weather, breathing new life into Scottish art.

Suitable for

  • Any age




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



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