Posted : 3 April 2019

The story of Dundee, its people and its nationally significant art and museum collections can now be heard first hand at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum with the introduction of new audioguide tours.  International visitors to the city will also benefit from the enhanced cultural offer as guides are available in six different languages.

The tours take in the permanent galleries starting with an introduction in the Gothic Hall and the history of The McManus. They then speak about ‘What is a Museum’ and Dundee's designation as a UNESCO City highlighting some of the city's collections and their design connections.

In the Landscapes and Lives Galleries there is an introduction to selected objects including a focus on the Picts and the Royal Arch. The visitor is next taken to The Victoria Gallery and guided through the highlights of the Fine Art Collection. The tour then drops by the Dundee and The World Gallery with its impressive architecture where there is an overview of Dundee’s maritime history and the nationally recognised whaling collections. The tour rounds off in the Making of Modern Dundee Gallery where among other things there is a look at the three Js of Jute, Jam and Journalism.

The easy to use handsets are available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin and English and offer a stress free, entertaining accompaniment to visitors looking for additional quality content during their visit.

Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee commented:

“The introduction of these audio guides will be useful for all visitors and provide an in depth look at the story of Dundee and The McManus in a simple and seamless way. We’re also responding to an increase in international visitors to the city and hope that everyone will enjoy this improved access to the city’s history and collections.”

Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director said:

“It is fantastic news that even more visitors will be able to discover and learn about Dundee and The McManus through the arrival of these new audioguide tours. With international visitor numbers increasing, it is important that those coming to explore our country from overseas are made to feel as welcome as possible, and ensuring we have experiences that cater for different languages and cultures is a vital part of that.” 

The audiotours last around one hour, cost £5 per visit and are available from The McManus reception.