Posted : 30 January 2019

V&A Dundee has been officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The eyes of the world were once again on the Kengo Kuma-designed facility as the Royal couple met some of the team responsible for the creation of Scotland’s first design museum, the only one of its kind in the UK outside of London.

Their Royal Highnesses also met members of the public as they departed the iconic building.

The Duchess is the first Royal Patron of the V&A, continuing the museum’s long -standing relationship with the Royal Family from the V&A’s founding in 1852.

She said: “Last February I was delighted to become a patron of the V&A and nearly a year later I’m delighted to be standing in a brand new V&A, one build to the city of Dundee and for Scotland.

“Walking around the museum, it is easy to see how it is already inspiring the next generation by providing a new space for learning.”

Since opening to the public on Saturday 15th September 2018, V&A Dundee has welcomed over 380,000 visitors and was recently awarded the world’s Best New Public Building by Wallpaper*, which is an international design magazine.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, described welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to officially open the museum as an “honour.”

“This official opening marks the beginning of a very exciting year for V&A Dundee, with upcoming exhibitions on videogames, robots and the future of design. Through an eclectic programme, we aim to inspire people and provoke discussion about the role of design in everyone’s lives.”

V&A Dundee is at the centre of Dundee’s £1 billion transformation of their waterfront, which once formed part of the city’s docklands.

The stunning building, which was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma was inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the north east coast of Scotland.  The building itself stretches out into the River Tay, connecting the city with the historic waterfront.

V&A Dundee is home to the Scottish Design Galleries, which house 300 exhibits sourced from the V&A’s rich collections of Scottish design, as well as from museums and private collections all over Scotland and the world.

At the heart of the Scottish Design Galleries is the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room. This stunning room has been painstakingly restored, conserved and reconstructed through a partnership between V&A Dundee, Glasgow Museums and Dundee City Council.  Visitors to V&A Dundee will get to see the beautifully designed room for the first time in nearly 50 years.

V&A Dundee is also home to temporary exhibitions which change throughout the year. Since opening, the temporary exhibition has been Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, which was organised by the V&A and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.  This exhibition explores the design and cultural impact that the Ocean Liner had on an international scale.  This exhibition runs until 24th February 2019.

The new temporary exhibitions to visit V&A Dundee will be Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt which will run from 20th April to 8th September 2019 and Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine, which will run from 2nd November 2019 to 23rd February 2020.

For more information on V&A Dundee, see: https://www.vam.ac.uk/dundee