The dust content of the Magellanic Clouds can be studied using optical, ultraviolet, infrared and, indirectly, radio wavelength data. All recent studies show that the dust content is lower than that of the Milky Way Galaxy for both Clouds and that the optical properties of the dust are different. At ultraviolet wavelengths, the 2165 Å “bump” in the extinction curve is significantly smaller than in the Galaxy (this now appears NOT to be a consequence of the lower heavy element abundances) and the far ultraviolet (shortward of ˜2000 Å) extinction is greater than in the Galaxy (this IS likely to be a consequence of the lower heavy element abundances). New optical data on background galaxies suggest that the total extinction in the central parts of both the LMC and the SMC is approximately 1.5 magnitudes. High local extinction values are derived from uv and optical observations of star-forming regions, where a spatial correlation with CO detections is sometimes, but not always, found.