new v&A museum hits 500,000 target early


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(Above: V&A Dundee designed by Japan's Kengo Kuma. Image: V&A/Hufton Crow)


Dundee's V&A museum has weclomed its 500,000th visitor almost six months earlier than expected.

V&A Dundee, which opened on 15 September last year, has vastly exceeded original visitor estimates.

More than a quarter of the visitors to the building, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, have come from the rest of the UK or overseas.

V&A Dundee director Philip Long said: "Amazingly we have welcomed half a million visitors to the museum in a little over six months, our inaugural exhibition has been seen by almost 100,000 people and crowds of over 22,000 turned out to take part in our opening celebrations.

"V&A Dundee is flourishing as a hub of creativity and learning and it's wonderful to see so many people enjoying it, with many returning time and time again."

To date 375,000 visitors have explored V&A Dundee's Scottish Design Galleries, which tell Scotland's international design story.

The museum's inaugural exhibition, 'Ocean Liners: Speed and Style', was seen by 95,766 people.

V&A Dundee has also held more than 300 events including public lectures, design workshops, tours and school visits and 7,500 museum memberships have already been issued.



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