Opening V&A Dundee

15-16 September 2018

Ross Fraser McLean

At the heart of the Waterfront the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, a global home for Scotland’s design heritage, is being opened on September 15 this year. The Scottish Design Galleries will be the heart of our new museum and will explore Scotland’s design landscape, past, present and future. 300 amazing objects across a range of disciplines will explore the everyday relevance of design, as well as the processes which underpin it.


V&A Dundee

Ross Fraser McLean


The Construction work on the museum, which was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma & Associates, began in March 2015. Considered by many as the quintessential Japanese architect of today, Kuma is also designing the stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Read further news about the museum building at the museums’s blog  or at BBC.

The V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000m² building, with 1,650m² of gallery space. The museum has released a movie and photographs showing how far construction has progressed on its new Kengo Kuma-designed museum in Dundee. Now, watch the movie!


First Exhibition “Ocean Lines: Speed & Style”

Experience what it would have been like on-board one the ‘great floating palaces’ and discover how ocean liners became one of the most powerful and admired symbols of 20th century modernity.

From Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style is the first exhibition to fully explore the design and cultural impact of ocean liners on an international scale, focussing on their promotion, engineering, interior design, as well as the lifestyle on board.

Our inaugural exhibition, and the first major V&A show exhibited in Scotland, will display objects never-before-seen in Europe, and reunite objects not seen together since on-board these spectacular vessels which revolutionised travel in the mid-19th century to the late 20th century. The exhibition will also explore Scotland’s important role in the design and development of ocean liners.

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style was organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.

Further Information

For more information regarding the first exhibition click here.


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