The Design Museum

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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 design, furniture design, architecture and engineering.

In addition to fascinating exhibitions the The Design 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.

Venue Type:

Museum

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

1 TICKET FOR 3 EXHIBITIONS
£13.00 Adult
£9.75 Student
£6.50 Children under 16 (6-15 inclusive)
Free entrance to members and children under six

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

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.

Beazley Designs of the Year

  • 11 September 2019 — 31 March 2020 *on now

Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.

Explore innovations and inventions from around the world that champion accessibility, design for women and local ideas with a global impact.

Now in its twelfth year, Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers across the globe today. Nominators were asked to select their favourite designs that inspire, represent change in their field and capture this moment in time.

This was the first year that the public nominated alongside design experts. Visit the exhibition to see if your choice was selected!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult: £12.00 incl donation
Child: £6.50 incl donation
Student / Concession: £9.50 incl donation

Website

https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/beazley-designs-of-the-year

Electronic

  • 1 April — 26 July 2020

Throw yourself into the hypnotic world of electronic music and discover its global impact from underground movements to the mainstream.

Music is only part of the story. Evoking the experience of a being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been capturing and shaping the electronic music landscape.

Travel to dance floors from Detroit to Chicago, Paris, Berlin and the UK’s thriving scene. Enter a 3-D Kraftwerk experience, lose yourself in mesmerising installations and discover the stories behind the instruments that made it all possible.

Featuring the likes of Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills, Ellen Allien, Jean-Michel Jarre, the seminal BBC Radiophonic Workshop, large scale images of rave culture by Andreas Gursky, iconic DJ masks and fashion, a genre-spanning soundtrack by French DJ and producer Laurent Garnier, graphics from Peter Saville, history-making labels and club nights.

Age guidance 12+

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Weekday tickets:
Weekday tickets:
Adult: £16.00 incl donation
Child: £8.00 incl donation
Student / Concession: £12.00 incl donation

Weekend tickets:
Adult: £18.00 incl donation
Child: £9.00 incl donation
Student / Concession: £13.50 incl donation

Website

https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/electronic

Sneakers: Unboxed

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

  • 6 May — 6 September 2020

Know your Air Jordans from your Air Force 1s?

Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired new subcultures and shaken the world of fashion.

Cult classics, limited edition silhouettes and rare colourways are put under the spotlight. Go behind the scenes and explore the design processes for the most innovative kicks from self-lacing to 3D printed, 100% recyclable or cushioned with air bubbles.

Sneaker design has sparked a dedicated group of 'sneakerheads' all over the world, produced a reselling market worth $2 billion and revolutionised our relationship with sportswear.

Uncover style icons and brand collaborations that have shaped the sneaker scene including models by Nike, Adidas, Puma, Colette and Comme de Garçons as well as new releases such as the MSCHF Studio's 'Jesus Shoes'.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Weekday tickets:
Adult: £10.00 incl donation
Child: £5.00 incl donation
Student / Concession: £7.50 incl donation

Weekend tickets
Adult: £11.50 incl donation
Child: £5.50 incl donation
Student / Concession: £8.50 incl donation

Website

https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/sneakers-unboxed-studio-to-street

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.

Moving to Mars

  • 18 October 2019 — 23 February 2020 *on now

The Design Museum invites you to travel to Mars without leaving London – in a multi-sensory adventure for all ages.

Step into a full-scale Mars home, immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the landscape and learn how rethinking daily life for a zero-waste, clean energy-powered civilisation might help future generations on Earth.

Children born today are the first who might witness a human mission to Mars in their lifetime. It’s one of humanity's great challenges and everything will need to be designed – but should we even be going?

The exhibition features immersive environments, about 200 objects including contributions from NASA, the European Space Agency and SpaceX; NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge winners, AI SpaceFactory; robotic builders by Foster & Partners; the first sustainable urban design for Mars, Mars City Design; the first spacesuit designed for the Mars surface; Christopher Raeburn's new fashion collection inspired by the red planet and much more.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Weekday tickets:
Adult: £16.00 incl donation
Child: £8.00 incl donation
Student / Concession: £12.00 incl donation

Weekend tickets
Adult: £18.00 incl donation
Child: £9.00 incl donation
Student / Concession: £13.50 incl donation

Website

https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/moving-to-mars

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.

Colleges - Design Stories

http://www.designmuseum.org/education

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 http://www.designmuseum.org/schools-and-colleges/colleges
Advance booking essential.

OPTIMUM CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS

http://designmuseum.org/schools-and-colleges/secondary

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…
Supernatural:
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 learning@designmuseum.org so we have written confirmation of the cancellation.

Primary Design Workshops

http://www.designmuseum.org/education

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 www.designmuseum.org/education
Advance booking essential.

Secondary/ FE Workshops - Product Evaluation

http://www.designmuseum.org/education

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 www.designmuseum.org/education

Sunday Workshops

http://www.designmuseum.org/families/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.

The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street
London
Greater London
W8 6AG
England

logo: Museums at Night

Website

http://www.designmuseum.org

E-mail

Information

info@designmuseum.org

Ticket bookings

tickets@designmuseum.org

Telephone

General Enquiries

020 7403 6933

Recorded Information

020 7940 8790

Fax

0870 909 1909

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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