Design Museum

Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
Greater London




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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.
photograph of women fashion power exhibition at design museum london

Women, Fashion, Power

  • 29 October 2014 — 31 May 2015 *on now

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


AXA PPP Health Tech and You

  • 10 March — 23 April 2015 *on now

A global showcase of over 20 new personal health technology devices, ideas and research. This exhibition explores recent developments in personal health technology and ask how this rapidly growing sector is influencing our behaviour.

For the first time, the Design Museum is partnering with AXA PPP healthcare and 2020health to take a snapshot of health tech innovation, and examine what these changes could mean for designers, healthcare professionals and users of new technologies.

The AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards will accompany the exhibition, with category winners and an overall winner announced during the exhibition run, on 18 March. The Awards will recognise the organisations, designers and clinicians who are developing effective new digital approaches to managing healthcare.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
photograph of Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum London

Designs of the Year 2015

  • 25 March — 23 August 2015 *on now

Now in its eighth year, Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.

Each year the 75 or so projects shown in the exhibition are selected by international design experts from six categories: architecture, fashion, digital, product, graphics and transport.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


poster advert for Camper shoes

Life on Foot

  • 13 May — 1 November 2015

Embark on a creative journey into how traditional shoemaking has been shaped by contemporary design and new technologies. Life on Foot is the first exhibition on the maverick and much-loved Spanish footwear brand Camper.

Opening up Camper’s extensive archives publicly for the first time, discover the design and manufacturing process of the company’s instantly-recognisable products from their design studios in Mallorca to their high-tech mass production facilities in the Far East. Through sketched concepts, prototype products and as-yet-unreleased pieces, this exhibition explores Camper’s approach to everything from conceptual retail spaces and to their non-conformist, playful approach to advertising.

Unveiling the social, cultural and environmental impact of a life on foot, new commissions will also bring new insights to the pedestrian’s relationship to the built environment, as innovations such as wearable technologies and surveillance systems change our experience of walking.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Designers in Residence: Migration

  • 9 September 2015 — 28 February 2016

The Designers in Residence programme provides young designers with time and space to research and consider new ways of developing their work through an annual residency which culminates in an exhibition of four new commissions at the Design Museum. The theme for 2015 is ‘migration’.

Each resident is offered a bursary, commissioning budget and the production costs required to realise their new commission. The programme includes a series of events and talks, offering the designers the opportunity to interact and engage with the public, whilst using this platform as a test-bed for ideas, designs and innovations.

Four designers are selected from an open call to take part in Designers in Residence each year; recent alumni include Giles Miller, Asif Khan, Bethan Laura Wood, Adam Nathaniel Furman and Chloe Meineck. 2014’s Residents were James Christian, Ilona Gaynor, Torsten Sherwood and Patrick Stevenson-Keating.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
photograph of bicycle


  • 9 September 2015 — 28 February 2016

Britain is in the midst of an explosion of interest in bicycles and bicycling at every level, from every day commuting to Olympic level competition. It’s a phenomenon which is changing the way that we use our towns and cities. It is driving a wave of creative innovation for mass market cycling, and has also resulted in a surge of craftsman bicycle makers working by hand to tailor machines to the precise specifications of their users. The results are beautiful as well as ingenious.

The Design Museum celebrates the bicycle with a major exhibition that brings together a range of the definitive bicycles of our times, explores the cycling subcultures and the impact of the quest to achieve greater performance is having on the design of bicycles.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

The New International Style: The Parametric Revolution

  • 18 November 2015 — 30 June 2016

In 1928, Philip Johnson, the first curator of architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, came back from a year-long tour of Europe to create an exhibition to show his American audiences the revolutionary movement that he had found there. He called it the International Style, an approach that he found in France and Germany, Switzerland and Holland, that shared a belief in modernism, and an aesthetic based on austere machine-like simplicity.

The certainty of that moment has gone. Modernism gave way to the postmodern reaction against it, which in turn faded into obscurity. Now there are signs of a global movement that thanks to instant communications has spread further and faster than modernism. It is a movement which is based on new approaches to design and making buildings, a movement that ranges from architecture to every form of design.

Guest curated by Patrik Schumacher, The New International Style sets out to explore the range, the roots, and the future of this creative and complex view of the world of design.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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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.

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

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.