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.
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.


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


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

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.
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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.
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Man and Woman Walking

From Shackleton to the Suffragettes: Dundee 1901-1919

  • 16 May 2015 7-9pm

Join us for this after hours celebration of Edwardian Dundee! Mingle with fantastic Dundee characters such as entrepreneur James Caird, artist Stewart Carmichael and game-changing suffragette Lila Clunas. Ernest Shackleton will be on hand to discuss his ill-fated 1914-17 Trans-Antarctic expedition and a local WW1 soldier will talk of a very different set of hardships to those of the legendary explorer. There'll be music in the beautiful Victoria Gallery, a suffragette printing workshop and why not grab a momento of the evening in our postcard Instagram booth? This is one evening not to be missed!

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