Forty Taysiders and their loved ones enjoyed a speak peek of the V&A a day before the museum opened to the public after winning early-bird tickets in The Courier’s prize draw.
The lucky winners were given an exclusive hour-long tour of the venue, including its collections, restaurant and terrace with a view of the Tay.
Thousands of people entered the competition in the paper and online.
The tour began in the lower Locke Hall, moving up to the textile collection, the Scottish Design Galleries , balcony and restaurant.
Esme Hunter was one of the youngest winners and was delighted to be picked, as she is hoping to study an art or design-related subject at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
The 17-year-old said: “It was amazing to win a ticket, the V&A is so impressive and it will have links with DJCAD, where I’m hoping to study.
“I never thought I would get to be one of the first to see it.”
Another delighted winner was Christie Addison, 72, for whom it was not the first time to get an early look at iconic Dundee projects.
She said: “My father worked on the Tay Road Bridge as it was being built and I was there when it was first opened.
“So, it almost felt like fate to win a first look in the V&A too. I was delighted, I don’t often win anything in competitions.”
Fellow winner Mohammad Bhatti added: “This building is just brilliant.
“The people of Dundee have turned the impossible into the possible.”
Laura McSorley said she was “in awe” when she first walked inside the building.
She added: “It is a lot bigger on the inside than I thought it would be.
“The Charles Rennie McIntosh room was the highlight for me, I cannot wait to go back again and see it in more detail.”