The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum
4.5
12:30 PM - 4:30 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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  • 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 7 March 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 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 15 March 2023
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    Visited October 2022
    Written 10 March 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 15 March 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Written 12 March 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 22 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 March 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 7 April 2023
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    Visited October 2022
    Written 6 April 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 15 May 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 May 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 5 June 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 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 12 June 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 June 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 4 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • moon
    Dundee, United Kingdom282 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great venue, wish that more for kids
    Impressive venue. Definitely a good landmark in the heart of the city. Not Full marks as limited activity for young children or staff engagement for children, especially during summer holidays. Also feel that some exhibits could be more interactive or refreshed as difficult to understand and see the information to understand their importance.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review, your comments have been noted.
    Written 28 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a lovely museum dedicated to the history of Dundee. There's far more to the city than jam, jute and journalism! There are eight galleries to explore including a display on Dundee's status as a UNESCO City of Design. The museum is well worth a visit. And it's free!
Written 29 February 2024
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Lilly T
Dundee, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Beautiful museum with some fantastic artefacts. The V&A is an amazing addition to the city but please don’t forget visit this museum, you won’t regret it
Written 11 February 2024
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Thank you for your visit - we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.
Written 19 February 2024
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Gloria L
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Glad we visited here , a balance from the shallowness of VandA Dundee; the collections here are well presented and care for, a lot of Dundee artists in the permanent collection and a lot of Dundee cultural history in the exhibition which is rather wonderful, this museum made Dundee proud.
Written 15 January 2024
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Many thanks for your review, its appreciated.
Written 29 January 2024
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Albia-Newton
Evanton, UK3,991 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A well presented collection of art and local historical exhibits

A range of different galleries with something for most interests
Written 12 January 2024
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Written 15 January 2024
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Fiona Cumming
Dundee, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Enjoyed going around the beano experience with my husband and my special need son ben and looking at all the history of all that went on
Written 5 December 2023
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5* Thank you!
Written 20 December 2023
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Sally W
Moray, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
A great wee gem of a place. The building itself is fascinating. Look out for the skylight giving a view of the external sculptures. It is packed with wonders and makes a really good attempt at explaining much of Dundee's past. From the very beginning, with artefacts from prehistory and right up to the present on display. There is every incentive to take your time, strolling though the galleries. If history and archaeology are not for you, take the time to have a look at the artworks. Some stunners there! The shop is worth a look , especially for those seeking something different to take home.
Written 30 November 2023
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5* and a lovely review, thank you!
Written 1 December 2023
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wills
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great place ti vist, really interesting and lots to see. Nice cafe to have a break in and best of all the museum has so much stuff to do and is completely free.
Written 28 November 2023
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Thank you for your lovely review.
Written 1 December 2023
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Ronnie Dissentshik
Tel Aviv, Israel205 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We took a walk from the V&A museum to the MacManus with great expectations. It was a major disappointment. Not much of a collection and whatever is present the way it is presented is not very inviting. One should hope that eventually the gallery will enjoy a major improvement in all aspects.
Written 25 October 2023
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We are sorry to hear you have been disappointed with your visit to The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, your comments have been noted.
Written 26 October 2023
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Brett M
Dundee, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Eclectic and informative, there's always something new to see or learn on a visit here, whether it's your first or twenty first time.
Written 22 October 2023
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Thank you for your review, we look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Written 26 October 2023
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davidkirkby38
Barnsley, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It is well worth a visit here, it was free to get it in, just paid parking for our car, 7 min walk away in east port car park.
Written 5 October 2023
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Good to hear you enjoyed your visit!
Written 26 October 2023
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