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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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  • Stumbled on this Museum when looking for a place for coffee. It was so busy we could hardly find a seat in the cafe , waited and then got a seat and was helped by a very friendly waitress .Coffee and ...  read more »
  • worth a visit if your in dundee , good for passing some time ,some nice pieces of dundee history plenty to see 
  • I was a bit apprehensive as I am old school and remember this as the Albert Institute. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the experience. A really good across the board view of old and new Dund...  read more »
  • A lovely museum and art gallery that always has something fresh and different on as an exhibit. A great place to learn about local history, with knowledgeable staff and informative displays. And it's free! The cafe and gift shop are nice also, though I personally feel that the real Star of the show is the building itself. An amazing place in the heart of Dundee
  • 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.
  • Fantastic museum and art gallery right in the heart of the city. Also has a lovely cafe and gift shop. Great to get a bit of local history.
  • Best thing ever. It has been there for a while to while I'm there for a great Saturday. Just joking.
  • The McManus is a beautiful museum/gallery which I couldn't stop advising. It's great for everyone! I have spent many hours a week looking around here.
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