Welcome Back

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We are delighted to welcome you back to The McManus. What can you expect?

Regular visitors will notice a few differences – but as Scotland's Best Visitor Attraction 2019/20 our warm welcome will remain the same!

We have instituted the following measures to protect both our staff and our visitors:

  • We no longer have reduced visitor capacity within our building, meaning there should be no queue on arrival.
  • We still have a recommended one-way route around our galleries to ensure social distancing while you enjoy our displays
  • Our shop will be open. Where possible we ask that contactless payments are made. We will still accept cash.
  • Our Café is open.
  • Regular cleaning regimes
  • We ask that all remain vigilant of their hand and cough hygiene. Sanitiser and hand washing facilities will be available. Staff will be wearing face coverings. We ask that visitors follow the Scottish Government guidelines and wear face coverings during their visit. Please let us know if you are exempt.
  • Our audioguide will be available as an online resource.
  • The same warm welcome that you'd expect from the Scottish Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Please be aware that this is a changing situation. We will post updates, please check web, social media and local press for up to date information.

Opening hours

Mon to Sat




Last entry is 15 minutes before gallery closing time.

Frequently asked questions

Exhibition Information

The Street at The McManus

Take a walk down memory lane and immerse yourself in The Street at The McManus.

Visit the shop and stand at the bar. Browse the windows of the old Toy Shop and the Pawn Shop. Look into the Shoe Shop and Furniture Shop. Peruse fashions from yesteryear in the department store. You may even remember some retail names from old Dundee.

The Street at The McManus runs until Sunday 23 October 2022.

A Love Letter To Dundee: Joseph McKenzie Photographs 1964-1987

The Joseph McKenzie display returns to Dundee of the 1960s-1980s. Stunning black and white photographs evidence the changing fortunes of the City and its people. McKenzie is considered by many to be the father of modern Scottish photography and his Dundee works are just the balm that we need coming out of lockdown. They remind us of Dundee's strength through changing times, the value of community and the knowledge that we can look forward to better times ahead.

A Love Letter to Dundee runs until Sunday 20 March 2022.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela's links with many UK cities are well-documented but little is written about activity in Dundee. This small display focusses on objects collected by Chris Law MP. The Anti-Apartheid Scottish Committee formed in 1976, and was active under that title until 1994. They held their first two meetings at the University in Dundee, and a Dundee group campaigned continuously locally.


Please consider a donation to support our work. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on our finances and every penny really will contribute to the work of The McManus.


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Frequently asked questions about The McManus reopening

Please note that we are following advice that changes regularly. We will advise where significant changes have an impact on our service or for you – our valued visitors.

Are you ready to reopen?

The McManus has been successfully reopen for some time. We are delighted that from Fri 1 October the Mills Observatory will reopen and from Tues 5 October Broughty Castle Museum will also reopen.

In all of our venues, to safeguard staff and visitors, we have carried out risk assessments, tested our building systems, installed new signage, sanitiser stations and Perspex screens. We have implemented new cleaning and hygiene regimes and delivered training to all staff.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our venues.

What cleaning procedures do you have in place?

We had rigorous daily cleaning regimes in place prior to lockdown. We have enhanced these further and they remain in place.

How will you ensure social distancing?

To maintain visitor confidence, we have signage in place to remind all of us to maintain a respectful distance from others.

We retain a recommended 'one-way' route through our galleries and displays. This includes a designated up and a designated down stair.

We ask that only one visitor or household use the lift at a time. Please consider if you should use the lift – this will allow those with the greatest need to be prioritised.

Will you have hand washing and sanitiser stations?

We advise all to follow current guidelines to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and hot water. Our public toilets will be open to support regular handwashing.

Hand sanitiser stations remain available.

Will your toilets be open?

Yes our public toilets are open. Numbers remain limited to support social distancing and an enhanced cleaning regime.

You should be aware that only museum visitors are able to use our toilets.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Yes, current Scottish Government guidance continues to require face coverings to be worn during your visit.

Our staff will wear face coverings.

Note that within the Scottish Government guidance not all individuals are required to wear masks or face coverings. Please let our staff know if you are in this group. Please be courteous of those who may have valid health reasons for not wearing a face covering.

Is The McManus Café open?

Yes, the McManus Café is open. Where possible we ask that contactless payments are made. We will still accept cash.

As part of the Scottish Government's Test and Protect programme, on arrival at the McManus Café we ask all adults over the age of 16 in your group to scan the Test and Protect QR code displayed. A paper system is also in place for those who cannot scan the QR code. This information will be kept for 21 days. LACD have a privacy policy.

Will the shop be open?

Our shop is open. Where possible we ask that contactless payments are made. We will still accept cash.

What activities and events will you be offering?

For the moment, we will not be offering our usual face-to-face talks and tours programme. Do look out for details of digital events on The McManus website.

Our Creative Learning staff remain in touch with partners about the delivery of our current Learning programmes.

Do remember to follow The McManus on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Can I make an appointment to see collections in store?

No, we regret that at present we cannot arrange for visitors to view collections in store either at The McManus or at the Collections Unit.

What about your enquiry service?

Our enquiry service is back in operation.

When will events at the Collections Unit restart?

Our face-to-face talks and tours programme is suspended. Do look out for details of digital events on The McManus website.

We regret that at present, we cannot provide access to collections in store either at The McManus or the Collections Unit.

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