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V&A Dundee opens to the world | Updated: 2018-09-13 15:16
V&A Dundee opens its doors for the first time to the public on Saturday 15 September 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

"Thanks to £19 million of funding from The National Lottery, we now have a spectacular, world-class museum which is a beacon for those incredible achievements and an inspiration for the future of design."

The public opening of the museum will be celebrated by the 3D Festival, a free two-day event on 14 and 15 September, which includes performances by Primal Scream in collaboration with Scottish artist Jim Lambie, Lewis Capaldi, Be Charlotte and Gary Clark of Danny Wilson as well as musical performances there will also be spectacular new dance, design and lighting collaborations, putting the audience and the museum at the heart of the show.

Free tickets to the 3D Festival on Friday 14 September and for entry to the museum on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September have all been allocated.

The next opportunity to visit the museum is on Monday 17 September at 10:00.

V&A Dundee is free to enter and open daily from 10.00 to 17.00.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said: "I am truly excited about the opening of V&A Dundee. Celebrating the important contribution Scots and Scotland have made—and continue to make—to the world of design, the museum will delight, educate and inspire visitors from far and wide, putting Scotland on the international stage.

"V&A Dundee is a powerful symbol of Dundee's new confidence and a major addition to Scotland's world-class collection of museums and visitor attractions. As the flagship of Dundee's waterfront development, the museum will act as a magnet for the city's regeneration, attracting inward investment and tourism, and creating new jobs and opportunities beyond the construction phase.

"The Scottish Government was an early supporter of the plans for V&A Dundee. I am proud that we have provided £38 million towards the construction of the building and committed an extra £361,000 in 2018-19 to support its first year of activity. The museum will be a valuable asset in both cultural and economic terms for decades to come."

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: "Quite simply, V&A Dundee is the biggest addition to Scotland's cultural scene this century.

"It is a hugely exciting project – an instantly iconic new building on Dundee's waterfront housing a treasure trove of artefacts.

"I've no doubt it will draw millions of people from Scotland and around the globe in the years to come and I am as excited as anyone at the prospect of seeing it for the first time.

"The UK Government provided £5million to help deliver the project. As V&A Dundee prepares to open, I'd like to congratulate everyone involved and wish this spectacular new space every success in future."

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