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.

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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

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


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Collection details

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

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

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.

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

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Ticket bookings


General Enquiries

020 7403 6933

Recorded Information

020 7940 8790


0870 909 1909

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