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 are part of the UK wide 'We're Good to Go' Scheme – giving you the confidence to visit, knowing that we have all appropriate measures in place.
  • Limiting the number of visitors within the building may mean you need to queue to gain entry
  • A new recommended one-way route around our galleries to ensure social distancing while you enjoy our displays
  • New procedures in our shop and café.
    Our shop will be open – but limited to a max of 4 customers at a time. 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.
  • As part of the Scottish Government's Test and Protect programme we will ask for contact details all adults over the age of 16 in your group on arrival. This information will be kept for 21 days. LACD have a click here to view.
  • 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

During lockdown staff have been working hard on the installation of two new exhibitions and two displays:

A Love Letter To Dundee: Joseph McKenzie Photographs 1964-1987 and Time And Tide: The Transformation Of The Tay both focus on change in the city.

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 3 October 2021.

Throughout the lockdown period, the river Tay has provided a calm backdrop to the anxiety around us. Time and Tide looks at the influence of the Tay without which, Dundee would not exist nor have transformed from a small medieval settlement to Scotland's fourth largest city. This exhibition looks at how the growth of the city, particularly along the waterfront has affected the Tay, its wildlife and the people who live here. From early settlement to industrial giant to post-industrial leisure destination the waterfront continues to recycle and reinvent itself.

Complementing Time and Tide is a related display of historic paintings focussed on Dundee from the River. They show the growth of Dundee and its harbour from a small town to a major industrialised city.

Time and Tide: the Transformation of the Tay runs until 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.


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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?

Yes, The McManus is ready to reopen. 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 McManus staff.

We have achieved the official UK tourism 'We're Good to Go' mark, a demonstration that we have worked hard to follow the Government and sector Covid-19 guidelines.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

What cleaning procedures do you have in place?

Prior to welcoming staff back, The McManus underwent a deep clean of public areas. Our staff have been involved in cleaning all gallery spaces, including cases, prior to visitors being invited back. Our conservator has even managed to clean all of the museum objects on open display.

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

How will you ensure social distancing

We have new signage in place to remind all of us to maintain a respectful distance from others.

We have instituted a new recommended 'one-way' route through our galleries and displays to support this. This includes a designated up and a designated down stair.

We are asking 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. Our staff have been asked not to use the lift.

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 will be available on arrival.

Will your toilets be open?

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

You should be aware that as visitors into The McManus will be limited, only museum visitors will be able to use our toilets.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Yes, current Scottish Government guidance requires 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.

Why do I need to give my contact details on arrival? How long will you hold onto these for?

As part of the Scottish Government's Test and Protect programme we will ask for contact details all adults over the age of 16 in your group on arrival. This information will be kept for 21 days. LACD have a privacy policy.

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.

Will the shop be open?

Our shop will be open – but will be limited to a maximum of 4 customers. 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 our new digital events programme 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. Our enquiry service is also suspended.

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 our new digital events programme 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.

What is the 'We're Good to Go' Scheme?

'We're Good to Go' is a UK wide scheme designed to build visitor confidence. It shows that a UK tourism or hospitality venue has worked hard to follow government and industry Covid-19 guidelines. To use the branding, you have to have demonstrated that you have processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

In Scotland, the Scheme is administered by Visit Scotland. Visit Britain, Visit Wales and Tourism Northern Ireland run the scheme across the UK.

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