Not being Dundonian (thanks up there) but living and wworking in the city, it has always amazed me that so many locals are unaware of this place's splendour.
Sure, there were millions of pounds of lottery cash put into this a few years back, but in this case it was cash went spent for once.
The majestic staircase on the Meadow side has a fairytale look about it, and is a regular backdrop for many poor sods getting their wedding pics taken. From there, they can dash into the adjacent Weather spoons for a much needed livener, to get over the shock of what they have done (maybe you can detect a little cynicism here on my part?).
The entrance through the glass doors is too modern for my taste, but this is about the only disappointing thing, apart from the atrocious plastic chairs in the cafe and its' prices, inside.
The exhibits are extremely illuminating, and provide an exceptional amount of straightforward, jargon free info about Dundee and the surrounding area. Kids love the visuals, and there's more than enough to keep them away from their computer games, texting, and the lure of Greggs sausage rolls (everywhere in the city, sadly).
It's the kind of place you can visit, and see something new every time. A hidden gem, which would be much more visible had the local mafia bosses of old had not ditched the original Albert monicker for something a bit more proletariat.
The redundant Victoria statue (odd they did not melt this for scrap when they changed the name) is impressive,but hidden by the fact it is located on the far side of the magnificent building. Take a good look at this, and imagine how Dundonians rallied to her cause yet decades latter derided her partner and consigned him to the dustbin.
If I was a councillor, which I thank the almighty daily that I am not, I'd change the name back and expect an immediate visitor surge. Obviously, this has about as much chance of happening as a Dundonian admitting that Aberdeen is superior.
Well worth a good look, even though the signposts could be a lot better, and the surrounding garden could do with a good weed.
Top quality which is oddly undervalued in the city, this is a gem which has been hidden from more widespread exposure due to ludicrous politicking.
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