Creating V&A Dundee

  • Creating V&A Dundee

Design is for everyone and at the heart of everything. It enables, enriches and entertains. It’s how we solve problems and improve the world around us.

An international centre of design, V&A Dundee will present the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world. The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee will provide a place of inspiration, discovery, and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.

Scotland is a nation of designers and innovators, from the invention of waterproof fabric by Charles Macintosh, to the pioneering work of Patrick Geddes in improving urban living conditions and creating modern town planning and Ian Callum’s leadership of design at Jaguar.

However, the story of Scotland’s design achievements – and their ability to inspire new creativity for the future – has never been fully told. Now, for the first time and in one place, V&A Dundee will explore Scotland's design heritage – its past, present and future.

Our Scottish Design Galleries will bring together hundreds of historically significant objects from the renowned V&A collections alongside prominent loans from across Scotland and around the world. Alongside these permanent collections, V&A Dundee will host international touring exhibitions from the V&A, the only location in the UK outside London to do so.


To complete our offer, a vibrant daily programme of design-led events, activities and initiatives will delight and engage audiences of all ages. Our programmes are designed to reach a broad audience – from families, schools and young people, to our communities and businesses. Through our Design for Business programme, we are working with businesses across the country to show how design plays a crucial role in innovation, creating better experiences for customers and greater economic benefit.

Our ambition reaches far beyond our remarkable building. The new museum is a catalyst, a point of connection that brings people and diverse organisations together in a new creative way, demonstrated by the partnership of our five founders: Dundee City Council, University of Dundee, Abertay University, Scottish Enterprise and the V&A.

All of this contributes to a new energy, pride and sense of purpose across the region. This includes the ambitious development of Dundee Waterfront, changing the face of the city. V&A Dundee is at the forefront of that transformation, helping attract new businesses, investors and professionals to the area. Soon it will help bring visitors from all over the world, placing Dundee and the East Scotland region firmly on the map as an exciting new visitor destination.