Design Museum

Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
Greater London




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020 7403 6933

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020 7940 8790


0870 909 1909

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The Design Museum is one of the world’s leading museums of modern and contemporary design. Since its foundation in 1989, the museum has become the cultural champion of UK design and won international acclaim for exhibitions of modern design history and contemporary design innovation. This stylish museum has a regularly changing exhibition programme covering a wide range of themes from product and graphic design, fashion, furniture, architecture and engineering. In addition to fascinating exhibitions the museum also has a riverside café serving sandwiches, salads and cakes by Konditor and Cook and offers spectacular views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. The Design Museum Shop stocks a comprehensive range of design-led products and books from design classics to the latest innovations.

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Opening hours

Daily 10am - 5.45pm
Last admission 5.15pm

Closed 25 and 26 December. On 24 December, the museum closes at 2pm.

Admission charges

£12.40 Adult
£9.30 Student
£6.20 Children under 16 (6-15 inclusive)
Free entrance to members and children under six

Collection details

Science and Technology, Photography, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Architecture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

  • 9 July — 12 October 2014 *on now

The American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the Twentieth Century. Kahn created buildings of monumental beauty with powerful universal symbolism.

This exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs and films. All of Kahn’s important projects are extensively documented from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to monumental late works such as the Roosevelt Memorial (1973-74), which was posthumously completed in October 2012. Highlights of the exhibition include a four-metre-high model of the spectacular City Tower designed for Philadelphia (1952-57), as well as previously unseen film footage shot by Kahn’s son Nathaniel Kahn, director of the film ‘My Architect’. The view of Kahn’s architectural oeuvre is augmented by a selection of travel sketches, which shed new light on his activity as an artist. The exhibition also includes interviews with leading architects Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor and Sou Fujimoto underscoring the significance and legacy of Kahn’s work.

Louis Kahn’s most important works include: The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959-65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966-72), and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962-83).


£11.85 adult
£10.70 concession
£7.50 student
Entrance is free to members and under 12's

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150 Years of John Lewis

  • 1 August — 30 September 2014 *on now

John Lewis opened in 1864 and quickly established itself as one of Britain’s leading department stores. 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the company and the Design Museum will mark this occasion with a series of events and activities celebrating John Lewis, design, heritage and history. These will take place both at the museum and in store. Further details to be announced.


£11.85 adult
£10.70 concession
£7.50 student
Entrance is free to members and under 12's

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Designers in Residence

  • 10 September 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides
a platform to celebrate emerging designers at an early stage in
their career.

Now in its seventh year, Designers in Residence is a core part of the exhibition calendar, demonstrating the Design Museum’s commitment to support and encourage new design talent. Recent alumni have included Giles Miller, Asif Khan, Bethan Laura Wood and Simon Hasan.

The programme offers the designers the opportunity to interact and engage with the design and business community, using this platform to test-bed ideas, innovations and future projects.


£11.85 adult
£10.70 concession
£7.50 student
Entrance is free to members and under 12's

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Women, Fashion, Power

  • 29 October 2014 — 31 May 2015

A major exhibition exploring the politics of dressing for power and success. The show presents exceptional women on the world stage and their wardrobes, to show how fashion can be used as a powerful tool to build reputation, enhance careers and express modernity. Women that see clothes not as a frivolous indulgence, but as an important way to attract attention, announce presence, assert authority and guarantee notoriety.

The exhibition will features contemporary women working in politics, business, the creative arts and fashion from around the world, as well as looking back at influential women through history. Archive footage, interviews and photographs reveals each woman’s love of fashion, their favourite designers and stand out fashion moments. The exhibition is co-curated by Colin McDowell, one of the fashion industry’s most respected commentators, and Donna Loveday, Head of Curatorial at the Design Museum.


£11.85 adult
£10.70 concession
£7.50 student
Entrance is free to members and under 12's

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.


  • 30 September 2014 7:30-9pm *on now

Sir Peter Cook, Director of CRAB studio, has been a pivotal figure in architecture for over 50 years, as founder of radical experimentalist group Archigram and former Director the Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. Amanda Levete is a Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of design and architecture studio AL_A. Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme. Join Sir Peter, Amanda and Ricky as they discuss their careers and views on what is next for the global architectural world. For more information and to register, visit

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£25.00 per person.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Secondary/ FE Workshops - Product Evaluation

Aimed at Key Stage 4 and AS/A2 level students, our Secondary Product Evaluation Workshops can also be modified for students at Key Stage 3. Based on a unique product handling collection, each workshop is a one hour hands-on session, combining observation, product handling, drawing, discussion and problem-solving.
Choose from the following Secondary Product Evaluation Workshops: Mystery Products, Chairs, Lighting, Graphics,
Recyclyed Products, Fashion Textiles or Mobile Phones.

How to obtain

Booking is essential
For more information and booking call 020 7940 8782 or visit

Colleges - Design Stories

Our unique Design Stories series offers inspiring opportunities for AS/A2 design students to learn about the real world of design from its rising stars. Innovative young designers talk about their design education, early career path, creative process and exciting current projects. All sessions include Q&A opportunities.

How to obtain

For further information and booking call 020 7940 8782 or visit
Advance booking essential.


Devised to maximise students’ creative skills, these innovative workshops mirror and explore the design process as used by design industry professionals and can be classified as ‘Work Related Learning’ for students studying on the new Creative and Media Diploma.
Choose from…
Taking inspiration from a special nature inspired handling collection, this workshop explores how natural forms can be used as a key part of the design process.
Target Practice
Explore how we live, work and interact with design in our day to day lives through character profiling, product analysis, designing and discussion.

How to obtain

Advance booking is essential please email so we have written confirmation of the cancellation.

Primary Design Workshops

Our Primary Design + Creativity Workshops support National Curriculum and QCA requirements for Design + Technology and History at Key Stage 2. Based on our unique product handling collections, each 90 minute workshop combines observation and evaluation, drawing, discussion and creative opportunities.
Choose from the following Primary Design + Creativity Workshops: Recycle!, Chairs, Chocolate Box, Fashion Textiles or Mobile Phones.

How to obtain

For further information and booking call 020 7940 8782 or visit
Advance booking essential.

Sunday Workshops

Come along to the Design Museum on Sundays at 14.00 for creative workshops inspired by the collection and exhibitions. Workshops are suitable for children aged 5-11 years and take place in the Design Museum Space.

How to obtain

Booking is essential for these very popular workshops. Once you've booked, turn up 15 minutes prior to start time. Price for children per session is £4 and £8.50 per accompanying adult.