The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum

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The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, an award-winning Victorian, Gothic building, is home to Dundee's main collection spanning 400 million years and has been at the heart of art and culture in the City since 1867. Eight beautiful open gallery spaces house fascinating exhibitions of art, history and the environment, giving a fascinating insight into Dundee.

Throughout the galleries visitors can learn about early man in the area, admire stunning paintings and explore artefacts from industries past and present. In addition to the permanent displays, there is a changing programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Enjoy a Tour of the permanent galleries at The McManus, with our Audio Guide Handsets, available for hire from reception. The Tour gives an introduction to the history of The McManus, takes in the Gothic Hall and highlights some of the city's collections in the Landscapes & Lives gallery, artworks in the Victoria Gallery, and also features information on architecture, shipbuilding and the nationally significant whaling collections in Dundee and The World and Making of Modern Dundee galleries. They are available on a first-come first-serve basis, and in the following languages - English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin.

The McManus Shop stocks a wide range of historical reproductions, traditional toys, books and jewellery. The welcoming café with an outdoor terrace boasts an extensive menu.

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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.
Frances Walker, Late Summer, Antarctica  Part of the Antarctic Suite

Among the Polar Ice

  • 7 September 2019 — 8 March 2020 *on now

The most fragile landscapes on earth are the subject of a new exhibition at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum. Among the Polar Ice brings together contemporary and historic works by artists who have experienced life on the ice. At a time when issues of global warming have never seemed so urgent, these artworks remind us of the importance of these remote landscapes to our very fabric of life.

Selected from Dundee’s nationally significant fine art and whaling collections, the exhibition showcases a small but growing collection of polar artworks which spans 200 years. At its heart are two major series of artworks by leading Scottish artists - Frances Walker and James Morrison.

The Antarctic Suite is the result of Walker’s voyage to the South Pole in 2007. Sailing and making shore visits over
18 days, she visited the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetlands, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. On her return to her Aberdeen studio, she painted a series of icescapes which she considers the finest work of her distinguished career. The six paintings of the Antarctic Suite evoke the timeless beauty of the region’s desolate and harsh natural environment.

James Morrison’s Arctic paintings capture the glacial landscape of Otto Fiord, Ellesmere Island, which lies within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Living in a tented camp, in sight of caribou, Morrison described the High Arctic as a ‘paradise on earth.’ Working out of doors, he battled the weather, fluctuations in temperature and the danger posed by the occasional polar bear to produce landscapes of extreme beauty.

The exhibition also highlights Dundee’s long history of Polar exploration. Works by William Burn Murdoch, who accompanied William Spiers Bruce on the Dundee Antarctic Whaling Expedition in 1892 are included alongside images from lantern slides, drawings and watercolour sketches.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission is Free. Opening times: Mon to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12.30-4.30pm.


Links with the Past

Links With The Past

  • 16 October 2018 — 29 September 2019 *on now
  • 29 September 2019 — 15 March 2020

Our new display reveals details of the life and death of a Pictish man who was buried in a long cist at Lundin Links near Largo in Fife. The display is a result of a partnership project between The McManus and the Forensic Anthropology Research group of the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee. The project has uncovered exciting new facts about the burial, including the mans appearance. The project was supported by a grant from the Art Fund.

FREE. No need to book, just drop in!

FREE. No need to book, just drop in!
Continues until Sun 15th March 2020, Mon to Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 12.30-4.30pm. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing time.

Suitable for

  • Any age




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.
As We See It: Twentieth Century Scottish Art

As We See It: Twentieth Century Scottish Art

  • 27 February — 31 December 2019 *on now

Close observation is at the heart of this display. The title underlines this, highlighting the unique vision of the artist and their role in supporting us – the viewer – to see the world through their eyes.

In the twentieth century there was no need for art to truthfully reproduce the real world. With no holds barred, artists began to search for new modes of expression, looking at the very stuff of painting itself. Colour, tones, texture, shapes, and the space in between, became their main interest.

This exhibition explores the innovative and diverse approaches artists have taken in their creative practice. Whether representing the real world, abstracting elements from it or depicting a realm from the imagination, each artwork is unique and individual. All are a reflection of the artist’s engagement with the world at a particular time.

Artists represented include John Houston, William Johnstone, Joan Eardley, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, James Morrison and Will Maclean.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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

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01382 307200

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