V&A Dundee Museum of Design opened its doors


V&A Dundee Museum of Design opened its doors to the public and is expected to attract 500,000 visitors in its opening year.

The £80.1m building, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who was inspired by the cliffs on Scotland's north-eastern coastline, is one of the most eye-catching public buildings to open in recent years, its temporary exhibition space is the largest in Scotland and it is also the first V&A anywhere in the world outside London.

Among the 300 objects, V&A Dundee's Scottish Design Galleries' include a 15th Century book of illuminated manuscripts and a Jacobite garter.

Furniture, textiles, fashion, architecture, engineering and digital design are also presented in the Museum. The galleries' centrepiece is the restored Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room, which has not been seen publicly for almost 50 years.

Entry to the museum on its opening weekend is only available to 6,000 winners of a free ticket ballot, with general admission from Monday.

The first visitors made some comments, included Lorraine Groves from Liverpool, who said: "I'm delighted about how it's engaging with the Waterfront, so it's a good combination of waterfront and city.

"It's really outward looking and the design of the building is really imaginative."

Susan Morton from Stirling said she thought the building was "stunning."She said: "I love the organic quality of the architecture and the atmosphere inside this building. It's not intimidating at all, it's really lovely."

About 2,000 local children and community group representatives visited the museum on Friday, as well as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

She described the museum as "world class" and said she was "overawed" after touring it. She added: "This puts Dundee on the cultural map of the world. People will come from all over the world to see the V&A here."


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