University of Dundee Museum Collections

Tayside, DD1 4HN

The university's fascinating collection of art, science and natural history is displayed at venues across the campus.

The university is home to three exhibition spaces; The Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries, The D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum and the Artists' Book Collection. 

The Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries display around 12 exhibitions a year which feature highlights from the university's collection. Many of these are by former students and staff of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, as well as other Scottish painters.

The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum is home to the work of artists who were inspired by the ground-breaking ideas of its founder, D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson. This collection was acquired as part of the Art Fund's Renew scheme (see below). 

The Artists’ Book Collection is housed within the Visual Research Centre at Dundee Contemporary Arts. It contains around 700 books by both Scottish and international artists, including Andy Warhol, Bruce Maclean, Ian Hamilton Finay, Douglas Gordon, Julian Opie and David Shrigley. Visits are by appointment only.

Art we’ve helped buy at University of Dundee Museum Collections

In 2011, the Art Fund awarded the university £100,000 to build a collection of works inspired by Dundee's first professor of Biology, D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, as part of the Renew scheme.

D’Arcy’s book On Growth and Form influenced some of the most important artists of the 20th century, such as Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, William Turnbull and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Their work features in the collection, alongside that of contemporary names Will Maclean, Andy Lomas and Marion Smith, which stand as proof his influence continues to hold today.

Venue information

Opening times

Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries

Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 7pm 

Sat, 1 – 5pm

D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

Jun – Aug (or throughout the year by appointment)

Fri, 2 – 4.30pm

Artists’ Book Collection Dundee 

By appointment

Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)