V&A Museum Opens in Dundee
A new site in Scotland, a thriving site in England and an award-winning online experience.
Having previously worked with the V&A very closely to redesign their website, we will always have a soft spot for them, and we are thrilled to see the resounding success of their newly opened museum in Scotland.
The V&A museum in Dundee is Scotland’s first dedicated design museum and is already proving immensely popular after welcoming over 27,000 visitors in its first week.
The building has been designed by Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, who is also behind the design for the Olympic stadium in Tokyo for the 2020 games. Included in the spectacular building is the carefully restored Oak Room, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, of which the new V&A Dundee Director says he is “especially proud”.
The first visitors were welcomed to the opening Ocean Liners exhibition, which features a wooden panel fragment from the first-class lounge on Titanic, the largest remaining fragment from the ship. Expecting to welcome more than 500,000 visitors in its first year, the museum is set to follow the success of its London counterpart. In July, the V&A museum in London published their visitor numbers for 2017/18 and showed an impressive increase of 25% from the previous year; having drawn in 4.4million visitors.
With the increasing visitor numbers in London and the newly opened museum in Dundee, the two sites certainly have a lot of people to cater to and so their digital presence, both in the museums and for visitors accessing the website remotely, is a vital asset. We’re proud to have worked with such an historic institution that opens up the past and always looks to the future.