V&A Dundee just hit a major visitor milestone


Dundee has a lot of hopes and dreams tied up in the new V&A museum, so SeeDundee.com was delighted to receive news today that the visitor numbers so far have been AMAZING.

It’s only a little over three weeks since the Kengo Kuma-designed venue opened its doors to the public.

However, in that short time it has still managed to attract 100,000 people through the door. Remarkably, that means it has already welcomed a fifth of the target for its first year of operation — all since opening on September 15.

SeeDundee.com has been a regular visitor and we’ve seen with our own eyes just how busy things have been. On Sunday, we watched hundreds of people stream through the doors every hour, and there is no sign of interest wearing off even as the weather starts to turn more autumnal.

Sheila Harkness from Monifieth who was the 100,000th person to visit Scotland’s first design museum, joined by her daughter Sharron McAllister and grandchildren James 10 and Kirsty, eight, from Dunfermline.

V&A Dundee marked the milestone by awarding free memberships and other goodies to the lucky 100,000th visitor, Sheila Harkness from Monifieth.

For V&A Dundee director Philip Long, it’s an encouraging start after years of hard work.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee.

He said: “I’m very proud and delighted that in just over three weeks 100,000 people have already visited the museum. The feedback we have received from visitors has been fantastic and means so much to all of the team here at V&A Dundee.

“It’s been a joy to see people enjoying the galleries, exhibitions and learning activities as well as exploring the wonderful building designed by our architect Kengo Kuma and enjoying all it offers. We are very much looking forward to welcoming even more visitors to Scotland’s first design museum.”


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Richard Rooney

Richard Rooney

The Courier's online editor.