The Design Museum
The museum that never closes opened in Kensington on 24 November 2016
The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design. Since Sir Terence Conran founded the museum thirty years ago, it has shaped our understanding of design of every kind and displayed everything from an egg timer to a Sony Walkman. The museum has staged over 100 exhibitions and showcased the work of some of the world’s most celebrated designers and architects including Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, Miuccia Prada, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray and Dieter Rams. The new Design Museum offers inspiring temporary exhibitions, shops, a restaurant, café and bar, free wifi, a library, talks, events, and for the first time, a free permanent gallery dedicated to the museum collection.
California Designing Freedom
24 May – 15 October 2017
Adult £16, student/concession £12, free for members
“Designed in California” is the new “Made in Italy”. While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine its current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.
28 June – 24 September 2017
Adult £14, student/concession £10.50, free for members
Drawing on years of research, designer Hella Jongerius presents Breathing Colour; an installation-based exhibition that takes a deeper look at the way colour behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections.
Cartier in Motion
25 May - 28 July 2017
Cartier in Motion unravels the unique story of Cartier’s approach to watchmaking and how the invention of the modern wristwatch came about.
Designer Maker User
Permanent exhibition opens 24 November, free, all ages
Check out for the first time in the museum’s history, this free permanent display of its collection: Designer Maker User tells the story of contemporary design through these three interconnected roles.
Opening times and contact details
The Design Museum
Open daily 10:00 – 18:00 (last entry 17:00)
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Extended opening hours
From Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 November, the museum will be open until 20:00
The Design Museum High Street Shop
Open daily 10:00 – 18:00
Open Thursdays until 19:00