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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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  • an excellent trip into the past of dundee and the surrounding areas.Art fossils animals cafe,lots to look at and many films to see how the area has changed over the years. 
  • It is quite easy to forget what is on your doorstep to visit.I had been promising myself that I was going to visit as I had not been there since I was a teenager. You tend to forget how much of a role...  more »
  • Plenty to see also good for kids free to all there is also a good cafe very reasonably priced it is situated in town centre 
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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.