The summer weather may be unpredictable, but the University of Dundee’s current exhibitions prove there is always something to do in the city. Here is our run down of things to see and do during the holidays.



  1. The first is a major exhibition of one of Dundee’s most significant artists, Stewart Carmichael (1867-1950). This can be seen in the Lamb Gallery until 30th September.  Described as one of the first Modern Scottish artists, Carmichael is best known for his leading role in the Celtic Revival movement in Dundee, painting vivid and extraordinary scenes from Scottish history and Celtic mythology.

2. Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics, includes original artwork on loan from DC Thomson from Bunty (1958-2001), Judy (1960-91), Mandy (1967-91), Diana (1963-76), and Spellbound (1976-77) as well as selection of pieces by current comics creators.

3. The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum is also open to the public on Friday afternoons throughout the summer in the Carnelley Building.

It is host to an amazing collection of creatures, from dinosaur fossils to a giant Japanese Spider Crab. There is also the rare King Penguin which was gifted by renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton whose first expedition to Antarctica was on the Discovery with Robert Falcon Scott.

4. On Saturdays, for a mix of architecture, art and science and interest for all ages, Beyond Skin is a fascinating exhibition exploring eczema in at the School of Life Sciences. Featuring interactive and reflective works of art and objects from the university’s museum collections, it also sheds light on current research on the condition.

5. Summer is also one of the best times to visit the University of Dundee Botanic Garden, open every day whatever the weather

6. There is also the Tayside Medical History Museum in the University’s School of Medicine at Ninewells Hospital. It has recently been updated and tells the amazing stories of Dundee’s contributions to medical treatment and research, from x-rays and aspirin to keyhole surgery.