The first exhibits to go on show at Dundee’s V&A museum are due to arrive on site early next year.
Dundee City Council’s director of city development Mike Galloway revealed to the Tele that objects and artefacts for exhibitions to be held at the museum will be arriving in January.
He was speaking at a special viewing of the museum on Wednesday, which was attended by the V&A’s architect Kengo Kuma.
Mr Galloway said: “The museum is on schedule and is due to be released in January for the internal fitments to be installed.
“We are not yet ready to reveal the actual opening date but we are confident the museum will be open in plenty time to test the reaction to it from visitors to Dundee during next summer.
“Prior to that there is a lot of work to do.”
He added: “We will need to spend four to six months preparing the environment for the artefacts that will be on show.
“Many people don’t appreciate that side of it but when we are borrowing important objects we need to ensure that the climate is right to exhibit them.
“The temperature has to be right and we have to ensure there are no difficulties with things like dampness.
“We will be working on that aspect from January onwards, ready for the opening.
“During that time, objects will be arriving in back rooms at the museum ready to be put in place for the opening.”
Mr Galloway said there will be four main exhibition galleries at the museum.
He said: “Two of these will be for temporary, travelling exhibitions and the other two will house a history of Scottish design.”
Mr Galloway said he remained confident that the museum will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors.
He said: “Initially we spoke about 500,000 a year coming to the museum.
“We have pushed that back to a more realistic figure of 350,000 but personally I am hoping to exceed that.”
City council leader John Alexander said the museum would be very important for future generations of Dundonians.
He said: “My vision is not just that this will put Dundee on the map but that all maps will lead to Dundee as a result of the V&A.”