The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
About
The McManus is a magnificent Victorian, Gothic building where art, history and the environment combine to offer a fascinating insight into Dundee. 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 facinating 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 artifacts from industries past and present. In addition to the permanent displays, there is a changing programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year. The retail area stocks a wide range of historical reproductions, traditional toys, books and jewellery. The welcoming café with an outdoor terrace boasts an extensive menu.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • elizabeth f
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely museum with a good cafe
    This museum is a hidden gem. We received a warm welcome, and started off our visit with a lovely lunch (the spinach and mushroom soup was excellent) served by friendly waiting staff. The galleries have lots of interesting exhibits, Including the skeleton of a whale harpooned in the Tay in 1883 - the subject of a dreadful poem by William McGonnigal! The building is beautiful with some amazing ceilings. Really worth the visit!
    A lovely review, thank you for your kind words!
    Written March 7, 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 27, 2023
  • GWoolfe
    Scarborough, United Kingdom81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a slice of Dundee
    Perfect place for a visit, there is so much to see, I would recommend either taking a few hours to see it all, or doing it in stages over a couple of days, which you can do as it’s free to enter. It is an impressive building both inside and out, and a good place to learn about the history of Dundee, with exhibitions that look at pre-history up until modern day. Also interesting to learn about Dundee’s influence and interactions on the rest of the world. Slight issue in this room with lighting, the walls were painted a darkish blue that made it a bit difficult to comfortably read the information. Although the stained glass in this room makes up for this. There is also a good mix of modern and traditional art, galleries are spaced out nicely and places to sit down and soak up the atmosphere. Staff are friendly, and the gift shop prices are good, there was a nice selection of books and postcards.
    Thank you for your recommendation and taking the time to write us a review.
    Written March 7, 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Ian C
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do!
    What a wonderful museum. The exhibits are displayed very nicely and you can easily meander between each exhibition. It knocks socks off many other museums. Fascinating subjects on display, for all ages to enjoy. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Lots of places to rest for those less able bodied visitors. Thank you!
    A wonderful review which is much appreciated!
    Written March 15, 2023
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    Visited October 2022
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Emma
    Nottingham, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum with lots to see!
    Wonderful place to spend some time with a variety of items and artifacts to see. It really is a great place to visit whilst in Dundee and even more so because it is free entry for all! Even the building itself alone is worth the visit, beautiful architecture.
    A lovely review, thank you for 5*
    Written March 15, 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • alibalib2017
    Lincoln, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see!
    Very interesting and well laid out museum with many fascinating exhibits about all aspects of Dundee. The staff were very helpful and the facilities excellent. Looked liked a nice cafe and shop although we didn't use either. Would definitely recommend for a visit.
    Thank you for your recommendation, we hope you make a return visit.
    Written March 22, 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Written March 18, 2023
  • 797dennisp
    Montrose, United Kingdom30,369 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great place to visit !
    I was very pleasantly surprised on my visit to the McManus detailing the history of Dundee from Jam to Jute and Journalism . Some great portraits by Scottish artists and some fascinating period paintings of Dundee in times past. Well worth a visit of a rainy day or even a rare sunny day.
    Very glad you enjoyed our Making of Modern Dundee gallery and the rest of what McManus has to offer. We hope you come back soon.
    Written April 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2022
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Sue C
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure you have time
    The McManus has a wonderful collection of just about everything you could hope to find. The building itself is incredible - check out the disabled loo under the main staircase! The staff are helpful and knowledgeable. You could spend all day here.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review and give us 5* its appreciated.
    Written May 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 14, 2023
  • bealehidi
    53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    Very nice musium lots to see and lots of information. Nice that there was seating throughout. Accessible for a pram as there is a lift. Freindly staff on arrival. Lovely cafe and nice that the staff were so good at dealing with food allergies.
    A lovely review, we will pass on your comment to our cafe franchisee.
    Written June 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Sandy M
    Perth, United Kingdom177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded our expectations for a family morning in Dundee.
    Lovely building, really nice size of collection for a couple of hours with young children in tow. Varied enough for interest but not to the point of being 'fragmented' and specific enough to the Dundee region to make it feel like an experience rooted in the place but without becoming overly niche or parochial. Reasonably priced looking cafe (albeit we didn't have chance to use) and a good selection in the shop of, again, more locally rooted products rather than the usual generic 'museum selection' of kids stuff with no particular relevance to the site. Great little kids downtime/crafts room on the first floor. Icing on the cake; no admission charge and none of the usual begging letters plastered on every surface as so many museums have nowadays. Really enjoyed it - feels like the original name of the building should be reinstated though which would make it much more obvious what a jewel in the crown for Dundee this it - I've bypassed for years on the assumption it was some niche/alternative collection without much mainstream family appeal just by the name unfortunately which gives no indication as to what sort of site/scale it is. Do visit - you'll be pleasantly surprised.
    Great feedback about our building and what we provide, we hope you make a return visit in the future.
    Written June 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Louise
    Scarborough, United Kingdom326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum!
    The McManus is the local history museum and art gallery for Dundee. There is alot of variety when it comes to the exhibits - natural history (lots of stuffed animals and birds native to Scotland), aspects of Dundee's history such as industries (and a section on the Tay Bridge), a collection of international artefacts including several things from Ancient Egypt. There's also a good collection of art from the 1800s up to the present. The McManus is free to visit but there are boxes to leave a donation if you want to. We had two visits to the museum and were very impressed with it, it's one of the best museums we've been in for a long time. The McManus also has a very good cafe, we had two meals here. Food is locally sourced and very good. On out first visit we both had Lorne sausages in a bread roll (two Lornes in the roll) and on the second visit I had Mac and Cheese with garlic bread and salad and my Mum had soup of the day (I think it was sweet potato that day). Both meals were excellent and very good value. If you're in Dundee this museum is well worth visiting. This was a family but an adult family group, not "children" or "teens""! I had to select "friends" in the drop down menu because, for some unknown reason, there is no such thing as an adult family group!
    Great to hear you enjoyed all aspects of your two visits with us, a lovely review which is appreciated!
    Written July 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
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Judith W
Bolton, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Almost church-like. I hv mobility problems so had to take the visit slowly. Stayed all afternoon. Plenty of places to sit down, has a lift and a Cafe. The temp Polar exhibition particularly fascinating but art wise a great mix of modern and traditional styles. Plus history of Dundee, a whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. Something for everyone. A must see.
Written March 8, 2020
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Great to hear you enjoyed your visit, we do hope to welcome you again in the future!
Written March 9, 2020
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Ed cartvale
Prestwick, UK774 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Came to Dundee to go the V and A, but this museum is outstanding. With sections covering the city from the distant past through time, it was an entertaining few hours of learning.
Some of the items such as the Culoden flag and the Wallace sitting stone made you feel as if you were there. For a small gallery it was exceedingly well laid out, the artworks reminiscent of Scots history.
A nice wee cafe to take the weight of your feet
Written February 27, 2020
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Thank you for your 'outstanding' review, its much appreciated.
Written March 2, 2020
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ganda3
Stirling, UK75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We found this remarkable museum by accident during a visit to the city, and although we had a short time we will certainly return for a longer visit. Located in the city centre it offers interesting well laid out exhibits. Accessible enterance with lift to upper floor.
Written January 6, 2020
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Thank you for your review, we look forward to welcoming you again in the future for a longer visit.
Written January 9, 2020
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russ-the-rover
Accrington, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The museum is an eclectic mix that is typical of a collection from a wealthy city in the 1800/1900’s. The collection gives you a feel of the local history and confirms the wealth that was in the city with the great and good making their donations . I recommend to spend a few hours, especially on a wet day…
Written September 17, 2021
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Thank you for your 5* review and recommendation.
Written September 29, 2021
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rumplecottage
Berwick upon Tweed, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Inspired by the V&A my friends & me took a day trip to Dundee. Had a perfect introduction to the city, from the Tourist Information member of staff who gave us a n excellent overview of the attractions. The McManus Art Gallery & Museum was close by and proved a wonderful start to the culture and history of the city. Exhibits are well- presented and you get a real feel for the significance Dundee has for industry, exploration and social change.
Diversity of art works offers something for all tastes and we especially enjoyed the polar exhibition and the artistic interpretations.
Beautiful building , friendly knowledgeable staff . Definitely be back
Written March 8, 2020
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Many thanks for your review, its great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us, we look forward to welcoming you back to Dundee in the future.
Written March 9, 2020
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Meghann T
Dundee, UK271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I have been to the McManus numerous times now and it’s always an interesting experience. Whether you’re local to Dundee or visiting from out with the city, a visit to this museum is always worthwhile. I myself find the exhibits exploring the history of my hometown fascinating but there is a wide range of other topics covered in the exhibits as well as in the galleries. The building itself is beautiful so be sure to take a walk round the exterior. I haven’t been to the cafe for a while but from what I remember it was nice enough. It’s also free entry which is always a bonus! Give yourself enough time to get round though as I could easily spend hours in there.
Written February 29, 2020
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Great to hear you had a fascinating visit, thank you for your review, we look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
Written March 2, 2020
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This art gallery and museum is housed in a Victorian Gothic building.

Admission is free and there were restrictions in place due to Covd at the time of our visit.

The paintings in part were roomy allowing us to have a lot of space to admire the paintings. There were a wide variety.

The photography exhibition was interesting showing the changing faces of Scotland.

The museum was diverse and I was unaware how much Dundee was involved in the IT revolution of the 1980s.

Well worth a visit if you are up in Dundee.
Written April 13, 2021
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Thank you very much for taking the time to visit us. I'm glad you took advantage of the new measures we've put in place to protect you and our staff. We hope to welcome you back soon!
Written April 30, 2021
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A206DWmichaelb
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was my second visit to the McManus. I especially wanted to see the Victorian gallery which has some wonderful paintings. I especially like the John Duncan and Lavery paintings on display. A mixed collection, I would love to see more of their superb permanent collection of paintings on display. All in all a charming space, with very interesting exhibits.
Written January 24, 2020
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Great to hear that you enjoyed your 2nd visit to us. We specifically change our displays in the 20th Century gallery annually to showcase our nationally significant fine art collection and hope that you visit us again to see more of our collections.
Written January 28, 2020
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alistermcd
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The McManus Gallery is well worth visit if you are in Dundee. There is a mixture of interesting local history and artifacts and works of art. There are also changing exhibitions, which at the time we visited were photographs of Dundee. The cafe provided good service and value for money.
Written September 7, 2020
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A lovely review and 4* - thank you!
Written September 8, 2020
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Cara B
Edinburgh, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
I visited on a weekday with a friend and we have a lovely visit. The exhibitions are very interesting and well set out. Social distancing is well enforced and we felt very safe during our visit. The staff where extremely helpful and friendly during our visit.
Written September 18, 2020
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Its good to hear from our visitors that you felt very safe during your visit and enjoyed your time with us.
Written September 29, 2020
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