Last weekend saw the opening of Scotland’s first design museum, resulting in huge queues of visitors waiting outside of the building as they tried to get a glimpse of the exciting new exhibitions being held indoors.
The V&A Dundee officially launched last Saturday (September 15th) after £1 billion was spent on the impressive modern construction along Dundee’s waterfront.
Museum goers have waited three and a half years for building work to finish so they can marvel at some of the country’s outstanding design achievements throughout its 300 exhibits.
It initially opened for ballot winners before members of the public were allowed to go inside and see its first display cases, which included Ocean Liners: Speed and Style looking at the impact of ships around the world.
Director of V&A Dundee Philip Long said: “V&A Dundee’s aspiration is to enrich lives, helping people to enjoy, be inspired by and find new opportunities through understanding the designed world.”
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander added the new museum is a great addition to the area, showing the rest of the world Dundee is a “creative and dynamic city”.
He added that it is expected to boost the local economy by £11.6 million a year and create 361 more jobs across the country.
One of the eager visitors of V&A Dundee had last weekend was Brian Cox, who told the Evening Telegraph the new museum has “transformed the city”.
“It’s the beginning of hopefully a paradigm shift in Dundee,” the Scottish actor stated.