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The McManus, Dundee

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McManus Galleries is a Gothic Revival-style building, located in the centre of Dundee, Scotland. The building houses a museum and art gallery with a collection of fine and decorative art as well as a natural history collection.The concept for the building was originally commissioned as a memorial to Prince Albert and intended to contain room for lectures, museum, picture gallery and a reference library for students by British Association for the Advancement of Science. The funding for the building was agreed to be provided by the inhabitants of Dundee. Although the city could not afford such a lavish memorial outright, it did contribute £300. A guaranteed fund of £4,205 15/- from 168 contributors was collected which included a munificent gift from the Baxter family which totalled £420.The building was designed by the architect George Gilbert Scott, who was an expert for the restoration of mediaeval churches and advocate of the Gothic architectural style. He intended to design a large tower like in his previous work at St. Nikolai, Hamburg. The foundations were situated in a small wetland called Quaw Bog at the confluence of the Scourin Burn and Friar Burn, which has since been drained. This meant that the area under the building site was underpinned by large wood beams. However, when construction began in 1865, the ground proved too unstable to support the larger tower that he envisaged. The building was opened as the Albert Institute in 1867.
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  • My daughter and I were looking for somewhere nice just to have a cup of coffee and cake and decided to go to the Moments. What a terrific find. Super friendly service and inexpensive. Lovely snacks of...  more »
  • Spent 2 hours here. Great museum and art gallery and such a fabulous building. All free. Some really interesting displays of the history of Dundee and some stunning art works.  more »
  • This is a very interesting place to visit and I have been doing so for several decades. It is convenienty situated in the centre of the city in a beautiful, old building. It shows Dundee's long and fa...  more »
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  • Must see. Houses one of my favourite painting Moorland and the mist. Has a beautiful winding stair case. And lots of interesting area. Lovely gift shop with a variety of item. Cafe nice although slightly expensive.
  • Fascinating place. Dropped by to kill an hour but could have spent so much more time here. Art gallery and museum with some very interesting exhibits. Free entrance is an added bonus.
  • Super Museum highlighting the growth of Dundee from it's humble beginnings as a Jute processor to a centre of excellence for the electronics industry. Right at the centre of the city centre, easy to find, free admission and a not bad cafeteria. Worth a visit at any time.
  • Fantastic building with great stories behind many of the exhibits.
  • A wonderful little gallery. Several sections, with painting by Scottish artists, the Scottish fauna and a bit of Dundee history among other things. They also organise workshops both for kids and adults. One of the absolute highlights of Dundee.