Review: V&A Dundee

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you’ll know that the Victoria and Albert Museum opened in Dundee last weekend (15 September). We paid a visit to the highly anticipated museum, a week after its opening.

The V&A is Scotland’s first design museum, and takes its name from the sister museum in London. Designed by acclaimed Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, the building is instantly recognisable and hopes to bring in more culture and tourism to Scotland’s smallest city. With over 27,000 visitors flocking to the museum in the opening week, it is off to a great start.


The building has been dubbed “a living room for the city”, the perfect place for people to come together and appreciate Scotland’s finest designs, share ideas and get inspired to create. Located on the banks of the River Tay, next door to the Discovery ship and museum, it is easy to find and easy to get to. There are multiple carparks in the area, and the museum is a 30 second walk from the train station.


The building itself is an extremely interesting piece of architecture, with concrete beams making up the exterior. The interior is extremely streamlined and chic: the ground floor is spacious, allowing the many visitors to move freely, and is the perfect space for a coffee break. The exhibitions are located upstairs, alongside viewing platforms that showcase the amazing view of the river and beyond.


The museum is currently showing the Ocean Liners: Speed and Style exhibition, allowing you to step onboard the ships that crossed the Atlantic before air travel became the preferred mode of long haul transport. The showcase displays artefacts, paintings and clothing worn by passengers on famous ocean liners throughout the decades. Highlights include the decorative wall panel from the SS United States, a tiara rescued from the Lusitania ship which sunk in 1915 after it was torpedoed, and a deckchair pulled from the ruins of the Titanic.


The museum also has a cafe, restaurant, gift shop, and the Thomson Learning Centre, for children inspired by the exhibits to get creative and make their own art.


The enormous queues prohibited us from visiting the Scottish Design Galleries exhibition, but that just means we have a good excuse to go back ASAP!




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