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The Best Museums in Dundee

The V&A Dundee sits on the banks of the Tay (Picture: Craig Doogan)

Dundee boasts an incredible range of museums which reflect Dundee and Scotland's arts, history and much more, from the breathtaking McManus Galleries to the strikingly beautiful V&A Dundee, here are Dundee's best museums and what they have to offer.

McManus Galleries

Dundee’s flagship art gallery which boasts a beautiful collection of artefacts relating to the past and present of the city. If you want to learn more about Dundee’s fascinating history, then the McManus is the place to go.

Discovery Point and RRS Discovery


Walk in the footsteps of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton as you board the RRS Discovery, a true engineering marvel. Visit the Discovery Point tourist attraction which boasts a brilliant collection of . Visit the new Discovery Dome which offers an absolutely stunning 360 degree view of the Dundee waterfront and River Tay.


V&A Dundee

 Scotland’s first design museum which has helped catapult the city on to the international map. With a wonderful Scottish Design Gallery which celebrates the best of Scottish design, to amazing pop-up exhibitions in the Michelin Design Gallery, there is something for everyone at this museum.


Verdant Works


Step back in time to what life was like in the jute mills. Discover the working environment of those who worked in the mills during the city’s jute industry boom. Visit the breathtaking High Mill which is some of the best of Dundee architecture you can find in the city.


Dundee Museum of Transport


Celebrating Dundee’s transport heritage, the Dundee Museum of Transport offers visitors an insight into the vehicles which once roamed the streets of Dundee. See amazing cars and buses and get to learn the stories behind them. An attraction which is a must.


HMS Unicorn


Experience maritime history come alive at the HMS Unicorn in Dundee. Step aboard this remarkable 19th-century frigate, the only intact wooden warship remaining in Scotland, and immerse yourself in its rich heritage. The HMS Unicorn offers a unique glimpse into the past, inviting visitors to uncover the secrets of this majestic vessel and its pivotal role in maritime history.


D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum


Discover the wonders of the natural world at the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum in Dundee. Nestled within the University of Dundee, this hidden gem showcases an extensive collection of over 60,000 specimens, ranging from microscopic organisms to majestic mammals. This museum promises an enriching experience for visitors of all ages. Step inside and uncover the beauty and complexity of nature, right in the heart of Dundee.

Broughty Castle Museum

Situated on the banks of the River Tay, journey into the ancient walls of Broughty Castle and immerse yourself in tales of sieges, battles, and maritime heritage. Explore the castle's intriguing exhibits, which span from its medieval origins to its role in defending Dundee during conflicts such as the Anglo-Scottish Wars and the Napoleonic Wars..


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