V&A Dundee

Dundee City | Waterfront | Museum | ★★★

[V&A Dundee]

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but the exterior of the V&A Dundee, Scotland's new design museum, is a fantastic advert for what awaits inside. Wrapped in stepped, concrete slabs, the building on Dundee's renovated waterfront opened in 2018. It was the brainchild of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and evokes a mighty ship, though apparently it was actually inspired by Scottish sea cliffs. What about the inside? The airy atrium is certainly impressive, but after you take away the spaces assigned to the reception, gift shop, cafe, restaurant, conference rooms, learning centres (you get the picture)... the gallery space left over is surprisingly small. The Scottish Design Galleries are the permanent highlight, showcasing the country's fashion, furniture, video game design (for which Dundee is well known) and architecture through the centuries, with free admission. Temporary exhibitions (which sometimes have a charge) fill the remaining areas: Rules of Play was installed on our March 2019 visit.

[Entrance hall]

Location & info

📌 V&A Dundee ★★★
1 Riverside Esplanade, 10-min walk south of City Square, Dundee, G.R.: NO 405299 ///asleep.skies.canoe
Open daily | Free - charge for some temporary exhibitions

[Scottish Design Galleries]

[View from the east]

[Rules of Play exhibition]

[Passing under the heart of the museum]

[Another view from the west side]


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