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V&A Dundee attracts 27,000 visitors in first week

V&A Dundee hopes to welcome 500,000 visitors in its first year.

Fireworks over the VandA Dundee on the eve of its opening (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Fireworks over the VandA Dundee on the eve of its opening (Andrew Milligan/PA)

More than 27,000 people have visited the new V&A Dundee in its first week.

In total 27,201 people visited the £80.1 million museum between 10am on Saturday 15 and 5pm on Friday 21 September.

The first V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, the building designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma on the banks of the River Tay is the centrepiece of an ongoing £1 billion regeneration of Dundee’s waterfront.

On the eve of the museum’s official opening 10,000 people gathered to enjoy headliners Primal Scream and a special light and sound installation as part of the two-day 3D Festival to celebrate the opening of the museum, while around 12,600 people attended the festival on the Saturday.

Actor Brian Cox was among those to visit the new VandA Dundee (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “V&A Dundee officially opened its doors last Saturday and since then more than 27,000 people have explored this wonderful building and its fantastic galleries.

“Kengo Kuma, the architect who designed V&A Dundee, wanted the museum to become a new living room for the city and it’s been a joy to watch people from Dundee and further afield make themselves at home.

“As well as museum visitors, we have also celebrated the opening of V&A Dundee with the 22,600 people who joined us for the 3D Festival.

“It’s been a very busy week, and I’d like to thank everybody who has helped us celebrate this historic moment and all those who came to V&A Dundee during our opening week. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming even more visitors to the museum.”

V&A Dundee hopes to welcome 500,000 visitors in its first 12 months and around 350,000 visitors annually after that.

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