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.
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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