Free exhibitions with National Art Pass
The UK’s only design museum outside London, V&A Dundee landed in September last year like a big shiny spaceship loaded with gifts. The building alone is a wonder to behold, jutting out over the River Tay, and resembling the north coast’s mighty sea cliffs. Inside, the story of Scotland’s rich and fascinating design history has finally found a permanent home.
The 300 exhibits range from fashion to engineering to videogame design, with Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s exquisitely designed Oak Room, resurrected after 50 years in storage, standing at its heart. Other highlights include a 15th-century book of illuminated manuscripts, the Valkyrie Tiara comprising 2,500 diamonds, and a geometric elephant made out of linoleum. The museum also runs a programme of major exhibitions, highlighting the best of design from around the world.