V%26A Dundee credit Ross Fraser McLean

V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, will open to the public on Saturday 15th September this year, it has been revealed.

It will be the only V&A museum in the world outside London, an international centre for design, a place of inspiration, discovery and learning. 

What to expect from the new V&A

Visitors to V&A Dundee will experience the story of design past, present and future, and the vital contribution design makes to all our lives.

The new museum will feature permanent galleries of Scottish design, as well as an international schedule of changing exhibitions showcasing design from around the world, new commissions, fast-changing installations by emerging designers and creative projects.

The opening exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed & Style will explore the designs behind a mode of transport that came to represent the status of nations and the aspirations of millions. It will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel and explore all aspects of ship design from engineering, architecture and interiors, to the fashion and lifestyle on-board.

The Scottish Design Galleries within the museum will tell the story of Scotland’s design heritage. Curated in collaboration with the V&A, these galleries will be free to enter and feature around 300 exhibits drawn from the collections, as well as from museums and private covering architecture, ceramics, engineering, fashion, furniture, healthcare, jewellery, textiles, videogame design and more.

At the centre of these galleries will stand Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s magnificent Oak Room, fully restored and preserved.

More about the museum

Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A Dundee stands at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of the waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands. 

With its complex geometry, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the east coast of Scotland, it stretches out into the River Tay as ‘a new landmark reconnecting the city with its historic waterfront, and a major new cultural development for Scotland and the UK’.

Group visits to Dundee

Groups visiting the Scottish city might also like to plan a trip to one of its many attractions such as: Broughty Castle Museum, Claypotts Castle, Dundee Science Centre and Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre.

Those looking to explore Dundee further can do so here http://www.dundee.com

For more information, visit www.vandadundee.org