V&A Museum of Design Dundee opening 15 September

  • Published: 18 Jan 2018

Scotland's first design museum will open this September. Find out what you can expect to see when you visit...

V&A Museum of Design Dundee will open on 15 September this year

V&A Museum of Design Dundee will open on 15 September this year

Creative energy in Dundee is soaring with the hotly anticipated news that the V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be open 15 September 2018.

Come September, the world’s spotlight will be on Dundee leaving no doubt that there is no better place in the UK to study design (Guardian University league tables 2018). 

Image credit: Ross Fraser McLean

Professor Jeanette Paul, Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching said, “As a founding partner of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, the University of Dundee is delighted to have been advised that the museum will open this September.

“It is a vital cog in Dundee’s status as a UNESCO City of Design. It will be a magnet to attract the brightest and best students and staff to Dundee, and be a host to design-led business innovation, harnessing the economic potential of some of our brightest creative minds.

“We are excited to work with our partners at the V&A Museum of Design Dundee to present tremendous opportunities for our students here at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.”

Designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, it stands at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of Dundee’s waterfront.

The new museum will feature permanent galleries of Scottish design as well as an ambitious international programme of changing exhibition showcasing the very best of design from around the world.

The opening exhibition will be ‘Ocean Liners: Speed & Style’ which will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel and its impact on design and culture. Some of the pieces on display can be viewed in our gallery below. 

The Titanic in dry dock c. 1911 © Getty Images

Alongside this, there will be dynamic learning spaces, designed to accommodate visitors of all ages and backgrounds to learn from and participate in design creativity; a design residency studio where designers will share work-in-progress with visitors; a multi-purpose auditorium for conferences, design jams and community events; a café and shop; and a restaurant with spectacular views from its open terrace over RRS Discovery and the River Tay. 

Two piece bathing suit, retailed by Finngans Ltd. London, 1937-1939. Wool jersey (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A Museum of Design has been a important part of the resurgence of Dundee has been recognised globally in CNN’s top ‘design-savvy’ cities, Bloomberg’s top destinations in 2018 and in the Wall Street Journal’s ‘worldwide hot destinations’ 2018.

Are you excited yet? We are. 

Image credit, (main): Ross Fraser McLean

"We are excited to work with our partners at the V&A Museum of Design Dundee to present tremendous opportunities for our students here at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.”

Professor Jeanette Paul, Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching