As Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee tells a global story, investigating the international importance of design alongside presenting Scotland’s outstanding design achievements.
At the heart of the museum, the Scottish Design Galleries feature 300 exhibits bringing together in one place the world-renowned V&A collections with loans from other collections in Scotland and beyond to allow everyone to understand and be inspired by this important design heritage. These collections will be accompanied by international touring exhibitions from the V&A, other international partner museums and V&A Dundee-curated projects.
V&A Dundee is the first building in the UK designed by Kengo Kuma, the internationally renowned architect who is also designing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium. His vision is for the museum is to be a new ‘living room for the city’, welcoming everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise, and to reconnect the city with its historic River Tay waterfront.
V&A Dundee’s construction and fit-out took three and a half years to complete and it stands at the centre of a £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront. The £80.11m museum project supports the creation of more jobs and wider economic benefits. It is helping both generate civic pride and transform the city region as a tourism destination.
A great start
V&A Dundee director Philip Long said he was "proud and delighted" at the initial visitor numbers.
He said: "The feedback we have received from visitors has been fantastic and means so much to all of the team here at V&A Dundee. It's been a joy to see people enjoying the galleries, exhibitions and learning activities as well as exploring the wonderful building designed by our architect Kengo Kuma and enjoying all it offers."
Why is V&A Dundee important?
Scotland is a nation of designers and innovators, from the invention of waterproof fabric by Charles Macintosh, to the pioneering work of Patrick Geddes in improving urban living conditions and creating modern town planning and Ian Callum’s leadership of design at Jaguar.
However, the story of Scotland’s design heritage – which has incredible power to inspire new creativity for the future – has never been fully told in one place. V&A Dundee will bring together hundreds of historically significant objects from the V&A and collections across Scotland to tell this story, in the museum and online.
The profile of V&A Dundee, including the international touring exhibitions from V&A, will act as a major tourism boost for Dundee and Scotland. But V&A Dundee is more than just a building. V&A Dundee is active across Scotland, with programmes which engage schools, communities, colleges, universities and businesses with the power of design to enrich lives.