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Design Museum

Design Museum

(Now Closed)
Art Museum
Riverside, London
  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out London and Wired
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  • Jose L.
    Jose LopezFebruary 12, 2015
    Another London museum, here you'll find a mix of clothe design, furniture design, they have a little section dedicated to how the red cabins were created, London Olympic Games.
  • Louis Vuitton
    Louis VuittonDecember 16, 2011
    The future isn’t possible without innovative design and efficient use of scarce resources. The Design Museum upholds its mantra by showing the best of design and architecture - A lesson in lifestyle
    HISTORY UKFebruary 14, 2011
    The brainchild of Sir Terence Conran, the world’s first modern design museum opened in 1989, devoted to every aspect of design ‘from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design’.
  • Bellerbys College
    Bellerbys CollegeJuly 19, 2011
    Go for the brilliant exhibitions, talks and bookshop! They also do excellent work with schools in the form of the Creative Futures initiative and have regular competitions for students of all ages Read more
  • Browhaus
    BrowhausApril 26, 2012
    Perfect for a quick visit, the Design Museum’s two floors will leave you with more design knowledge than you expected. The cafe on the first floor is lovely as well.
  • Valentyna Z.
    Valentyna ZalevskaDecember 17, 2015
    Great place to spend a day close to river view, nice museum shop to get gifts/souvenirs from the exhibitions, Cycle Revolution is must see!
    SHOWRUNNERNovember 22, 2012
    Ideal on the weekend, followed by a stroll along Butler's Wharf. Standing exhibition alone is worth a look, but the special exhibitions fascinate for hours.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    Opened in 1989, this riverside museum by Tower Bridge encompasses modern and contemporary industrial and fashion design, graphics, architecture and multimedia. Read more
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    Design Overtime takes place irregularly every few months, when the museum opens from 6pm to 10pm for talks and workshops based on the current exhibitions Read more
    Otel.comOctober 11, 2011
    This is one of the first museums of modern design, which exhibits industrial, fashion, product, and graphic design works, among others. Located at 28 Shad Thames. Open 10am to 5:45pm
  • Michael S.
    Michael StewartDecember 30, 2014
    Whatever is on here, it's worth the trip. The shop too is stuffed with cool (often expensive) things. But where else will you find electric paint?
  • Missy S.
    Missy SApril 12, 2014
    My favourite place in the whole of London. Great Museum and been a member for the last 10 years. Will miss Shad though when the Museum moves.
  • Catalin Da'Masko Arts
    A page for people who like any artistic form of expression: painting, photography, drawing, digital photography, sculpture & others.I'm the author of few
  • Petra V.
    Petra VaupoticNovember 23, 2013
    Just opened 'Hello, my name is Paul Smith' is a beautiful exhibition for those who like design and fashion. Great inspiration and work!
  • Suprem'a S.
    Suprem'a SPMAApril 29, 2013
    Enjoy all the new things made by designers from everywhere! And this is also a temple for Britain's evolution in the 20th century. Perfect!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BelseySeptember 4, 2011
    Check the Kenneth Grange exhibition. I'm proud to say our flat if full of his designs plus items from the perminant exhibition. It's amazing how may items you will recognise there! Read more
  • Thibault M.
    They have some amazingly great products in the shop from Keepcups to Raspi's to many more gadgets and design objects.
  • Maxwell L.
    Maxwell LoganNovember 8, 2015
    The world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product, industrial, and graphic design
  • Russell M.
    Russell MarshOctober 6, 2013
    The Blue Print Cafe is just inside and a great way to finish off a day of culture with a great meal.
  • Missy S.
    Missy SMarch 3, 2012
    Become a member the Museum needs all the help it can get as it is only funded mainly by donations and revenue.
  • Caroline
    CarolineJuly 19, 2012
    Really interesting little museum by shad thames. Be sure to wander around shad thames if you've got time.
  • Surface Magazine
    Surface MagazineApril 22, 2016
    This is the year that the Design Museum finally relocates to its glittering new home, the former Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park. Read more
  • National Maritime M.
    As a boy, Museum founder Sir Terence Conran visited the docks on this site with his father (a dealer in gum copal resin) to watch freighters from Africa unload their cargoes. Find your maritime story. Read more
  • Jeku A.
    Jeku ArceFebruary 10, 2015
    Enjoyed the top floor's interactive exhibit about design. Close to Tower Bridge & food venues.
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanDecember 6, 2015
    Small but nice museum on the eastern side of London. Probably not worth the price… but at least check out the gift shop.
  • Richard S.
    Richard StoweyJanuary 30, 2011
    Check out the talks which go on here some evenings. Usually very good value and by well known design practitioners. Worth going to.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PhippenMarch 28, 2016
    Great place. Very much enjoyed the exhibition of bike design
  • Harald B.
    Harald B.August 28, 2014
    Rather small museum but with interesting special exhibitions and a fantastic bookstore
  • Kseniya D.
    Kseniya De VivoMarch 5, 2013
    1 floor was closed:( but interesting to see when and how the railways signs and font were developed, telephone kiosks, first Imac which started using USB as standart and many others
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DickinsonAugust 21, 2011
    Worth trying to get on a tour. Good reasonable cafe and brilliant decor inside. Loads to see even though one floor was closed. Good shop.
  • Jeremy L.
    Jeremy Le VanSeptember 26, 2011
    Really good quality exhibitions (no permanent collection) and take a look at the shop!
  • Jhony M.
    Jhony MarqueteNovember 23, 2012
    Great collection of design books in the shop. You're sure to find something for your taste.
  • Zoe B.
    Zoe BidgoodApril 6, 2013
    Some really cool things next to some really wanky things. Worth a visit though :-)
  • Joanne G.
    Joanne GrubbNovember 10, 2009
    Just go. Whatever the exhibition there is always something fantastic to see - even if it's the view from the windows! Great shop, cafe and talks too.
  • Claire C.
    Claire CainMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    On snowy days the entrance tends to be icy. Be warned, very slippery!
  • The Cultural Exposé
    Not the easiest museum to get to, but worth the trek. Interesting exhibitions, extremely creative.
  • George W.
    George WiscombeJanuary 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Membership options are really good &! If you're visiting with a friend it can work out cheaper to become a member first. Read more
  • Alexia K.
    Alexia KSeptember 1, 2014
    Great building with very interesting exhibitions !
  • ARC
    ARCApril 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    There're many different kind of arts,worth being visited!
  • Adam C.
    Adam CainMay 30, 2011
    Be warned, the shop closes at the same time as the exhibitions, get to the shop early to avoid disappointment.
  • Londonist
    LondonistApril 20, 2010
    Small museum with interesting exhibits and fantastic shop. Definitely worth the entrance fee.
  • Small Potatoes
    Small PotatoesJanuary 12, 2011
    Make sure you see Drawing Fashion, and have a cuppa in the Blue Cafe. Best cuppa around!
  • University of Westminster
    Discounted entry for students but free entry to the shop and cafe!
  • BuMira
    BuMiraApril 5, 2013
    Amazing museum. Enjoyed the place
  • Tobias O.
    Tobias OtteNovember 12, 2014
    The "Woman Fashion Power" exhibition is amazing
  • Ayshea H.
    Ayshea HNovember 1, 2016
    Nice exhibitions, worth swinging by
  • Ben M.
    Ben MartinekSeptember 11, 2013
    I hate to be a negative Nancy, but it's kind of underwhelming compared to New York Design Museum.
  • Vuk T.
    Vuk TrifkovicApril 4, 2010
    Skim side room of Adjaye's "Urban Africa" to spend more time in the central room with the large projections...
  • Dmitri S.
    Dmitri SFebruary 24, 2013
    The only thing that had something to do with design was the shop in lobby. Anything else — arty-crafty out-of-date crap.
  • André B.
    André Bose do AmaralNovember 10, 2013
    Second floor was open for renovation when I visited. It's a fairly small place.
  • Wired
    WiredAugust 8, 2012
    Covering all aspects of design from graphic to furniture. Read more
  • Heloisa
    HeloisaNovember 15, 2011
    Spend some time at the shop, great books and gifts!
  • Natartiste
    NatartisteSeptember 22, 2012
    Some digital art stuff are now displayed at the museum!
  • Mick C.
    Mick ConroyMarch 29, 2015
    Quirkily curated design exhibitions.
  • David L.
    David LongworthMay 25, 2015
    Keep an eye out for their great evening events.
  • Alma B.
    Alma BecirovicFebruary 25, 2013
    Not worth £12. Cluttered, old fashioned layout, very dark. Lack of care and eye for detail. Needs a lot of work. Looks great outside though.
  • Swemeatballs ..
    Swemeatballs .August 3, 2012
    Designed to Win Exhibition, July 25 – November 18
  • Dave N.
    Dave NattrissOctober 8, 2009
    Lesser known museum, great current exhibition about the last 40 years of design in the UK.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WilliamsJanuary 2, 2011
    The Drawing for fashion exhibition is fuckawsome brilliant!!!
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChiJanuary 14, 2011
    Currently on: "Drawing Fashion" - a nice exhibition for those who like illustration, graphic art or fashion.
  • Schenniver
    SchenniverApril 2, 2015
    I liked the women, fashion, power exhibition
  • Matt C.
    Matt CantySeptember 12, 2015
    No free exhibitions but we went to see the Design Awards 2015 which was worth the money.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WrightNovember 25, 2012
    You will find a lot of pretentious people here.
  • Ben T.
    Ben TerrettSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The huge bronze head outside is perfect for kids to play on.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HOctober 3, 2010
    Liked the Brit Insurance Award exhibit. Was expecting a bit more though...
  • Disneyrollergirl
    DisneyrollergirlJuly 30, 2013
    New exhibition on 3d printing - The Future is Here
  • Ayshea H.
    Ayshea HJuly 17, 2016
    Worth the trip for a fun afternoon
  • Nod 'n' Wink D.
    Nod 'n' Wink DesignsAugust 14, 2010
    great exhibitions always inspiration to see other creative works
  • Ron G.
    Ron GompertzDecember 16, 2015
    See the bicycle exhibit!
  • Tom H.
    Tom HunterAugust 3, 2011
    I always leave their shop with something cool.
  • Purple Frog
    Purple FrogMay 3, 2012
    The new Christian Laboutin exhibition has just opened – on until 9 July Read more
  • Twitter@Getyourshare1
    Twitter@Getyourshare1April 19, 2013
    Very disappointed when there is this little to see they should make it free to see.
  • Kit R.
    Kit ReynoldsAugust 17, 2016
    Now closed moving to Kensington
  • Paul M.
    Paul MaddisonApril 12, 2012
    Because good design should not be touched!
  • Rita A.
    Rita AvdFebruary 15, 2016
    Lovely location
  • Florence Pearl J.
    Florence Pearl JoneApril 18, 2013
    Sooooo hard to find!
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TannerJanuary 10, 2010
    Good for lunch not so good as a museum. Went there today.
  • Ziqi L.
    Ziqi LiuAugust 18, 2015
    not big but nice
  • graham f.
    graham finkApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bookshop
  • eszpee
    eszpeeMay 3, 2013
    Small gift shop. :(
  • Patricia
    PatriciaApril 26, 2010
    Make sure you take a look at the shop.
  • Geo F.
    Geo FarrellApril 1, 2011
    I am a designer and this bored me. Give it a miss.
  • Avradeep C.
    Avradeep ChakrabartiApril 10, 2011
    £10 adults £11 gift aid £7 students
  • Kevan D.
    Kevan DavisFebruary 21, 2012
    Bit expensive for what it is, but the gift shop's amusing.
  • Beatrice B.
    Beatrice BertolazziAugust 27, 2014
    We were a bit disappointed
  • Nod 'n' Wink D.
    Nod 'n' Wink DesignsAugust 14, 2010
    Fantastic stuff here
  • Adam K.
    Adam KalinowskiOctober 5, 2010
    go n see john pawson show
  • Guy C.
    Guy CockerApril 11, 2010
    Go to see the Brit Insurance Design Award 2010 before it finishes on October 31. Read more
  • Joan L.
    Joan LockwoodJanuary 17, 2010
    Love seeing Deiter Rams exhibit. Read more
  • Nick C.
    Nick ColseyJuly 24, 2010
    No permanent collection, not worth 8.50.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RevsApril 25, 2010
    Want to go here, but disslike paying.
  • Michael I.
    Michael IngramJune 15, 2010
    Erm. . . sorry, not worth 8.50 !
  • Сергей
    СергейFebruary 17, 2013
    Какой-то странный музей дизайна. Хотя вот интересная деталь. Дизайн купюры 500 Евро, точная копия моста на о. Русский, т.е. наоборот!
  • 7161440
    7161440October 1, 2014
    Симпатично. Есть на что посмотреть.
  • 「 SAL 」
    「 SAL 」July 28, 2012
    พิพิธภัณฑ์เล็ก ๆ ที่ยิ่งใหญ่ด้วยแรงบันดาลใจ ☆
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