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V&A Dundee – Scotland’s First Design Museum Announces Its Opening Date

Hot off the press: the opening date for one of the world’s most anticipated cultural attractions has been announced. In eight months, on Saturday 15 September 2018, you will be able to walk through the doors of V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum.

V&A Dundee © Ross Fraser McLean

V&A Dundee © Ross Fraser McLean

V&A Dundee will be the only V&A museum in the world outside London and will become the global home for Scotland’s design heritage. The museum will give you an introduction to over 500 years of brilliance, ingenuity and achievement in Scottish creativity and the best examples of design from around the world. It’s genius galore!

Designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, nearly 2,500 cast-stone panels form the sculptural façade of this giant museum, which features walls that curve both vertically and horizontally – a true architectural masterpiece. Its complex geometry is inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the east coast of Scotland, and we can see why.

Literally anchored in the River Tay, the museum is a new landmark that reconnects Dundee with its historic waterfront.

What to expect

Book of Hours © Ross Fraser McLean

Book of Hours © Ross Fraser McLean

V&A Dundee will feature permanent galleries of Scottish design, as well as international programme of changing exhibitions.

Scottish Design Galleries

In the Scottish Design Galleries expect to see everything from iconic objects to works that have never been seen before.

Whether you are into design or just looking for a family adventure, you will be able to explore around 300 exhibits drawn from the remarkable collections of the V&A, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world.

Not only will the galleries have displays covering architecture, engineering, fashion and furniture, but also ceramics, healthcare, jewellery, textiles, video game design and more.

We might not have the monopoly on design, but some of Scotland’s creations are amongst the most unique in the world!

Get ready to be inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s magnificent Oak Room, a 13.5 m long panelled room which is being fully restored and preserved for future generations. It was originally designed for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street tearooms in Glasgow in 1907 – and placed in storage in hundreds of pieces almost 50 years ago.

Other key objects in the Scottish Design Galleries will include a beautifully decorated 15th century Book of Hours, a spectacular Cartier ‘Valkyrie’ diamond tiara, original Beano artwork from Dundee publishers DC Thomson, and the snap40 digital device which is designed to improve healthcare.

Michelin Design Gallery

At the Michelin Design Gallery you will find displays of installations by emerging designers. Fittingly, given that this year Scotland celebrates the Year of Young People, the first up will be a Scottish Design Relay exhibition, presenting design prototypes created by young people. Don’t miss it!

The opening exhibition

Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines

Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines

The museum’s 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 the remarkable engineering, architecture and interiors to the opulent fashion and lifestyle on-board. All aboard?

Check back later for further exhibition announcements ahead of the museum’s opening.

Dundee, Scotland’s City of Design

V&A Dundee © Ross Fraser McLean

V&A Dundee © Ross Fraser McLean

Adding to an already existing wealth of amazing attractions and museums, the opening of V&A Dundee is going to make this coastal city, which already proudly wears the title of UNESCO City of Design, the place to be. Make sure to include Dundee in your holiday itinerary for 2018 and beyond.

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