The Design Museum Tour

From concept to concrete and beyond

To celebrate 5 years of the V&A Design Museum in Dundee, this September join me for the Design Museum Tour with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, the local photographer Stephen Finn (as seen on LinkedIn).

This unofficial guided walk is the story of this iconic museum from concept to concrete and beyond.

It is currently available only as a private tour but it will return in 2024.

What John thought of The Design Museum Tour

Enjoyed your tour, we would love if you could.


Many thanks ☺️

the site before the redevelopment


  • Learn about the importance of culture in regeneration.
  • Why Dundee was chosen as the location of the only V&A museum outside of London.
  • The design competition.
  • How the construction was funded.
the site before the redevelopment


Building the V&A Design Museum

  • Cofferdams
  • Concrete
  • Cladding
opening ceremony


  • Opening night
  • Visitor numbers
  • The exhibitions
opening ceremony
Storm Ali


  • When Storm Ali came to town
  • When HBO + the BBC came to Dundee

How long are the tours?

The walking tour loop is just around the exterior of the museum

The duration of the tour is 60 minutes.

How do I book?

Through Eventbrite

What should we wear?

Dress like an onion. In layers, with warm waterproof clothing. Don’t forget comfortable footwear, hats and gloves. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

 The route is lovely when the sun is out, in horizontal rain, not so much.

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