The McManus is home to Dundee’s main historic collection spanning 400 million years, housed in a magnificent building in the Victorian Gothic style. Art, history and the environment combine to offer a fascinating insight into Dundee, its artistic heritage and its social history, and the collection has been at the heart of art and culture in the city since 1867.
Eight beautiful open gallery spaces house stunning exhibitions of art, history and the environment. Throughout the galleries, visitors can learn about early man in the area, admire stunning paintings and explore artefacts from industries past and present, plus enjoy tours of the permanent displays with Audio Guides. A changing programme of exhibitions and events means the displays and galleries are always refreshed ensuring that something new or unexpected makes each visit unique.
The visitors 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, selected 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.
The eight galleries within The McManus are laid out on two floors. Visitors can embark on a journey through 400 million years, and witness how a small settlement developed into the City of Dundee as it is today.
From exhibits relating to the life of early man in the area, stunning paintings and decorative art through to artefacts from industries past and present, the City's collections, many of which are recognised as being of national significance, give an insight into Dundee and its people.
The Royal Academy Summer exhibition has a lasting legacy in Dundee, laying the foundations for the City’s nationally recognised permanent art collection. The RA logo can be seen next to artworks throughout The McManus, identifying works by Royal Academicians past and present. Highlights include stained glass windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones, paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, John Lavery and Sir Frank Brangwyn and site specific sculpture and an early matchstick head by David Mach.
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