The Design Museum
The museum that never closes is about to open. Opening 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 will offer 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.
Beazley Designs of the Year
24 November – 19 February
Adult £10, student/concession £7.50, free for members
A survey of the best in contemporary design, showing projects that promote change, make life better or capture the spirit of the year. The exhibition includes the IKEA Foundation’s Better Shelter, David Bowie’s Blackstar album cover and Mumbai’s Design Museum Dharavi.
Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World
24 November – 23 April
Adult £14, student/concession £10.50, free for members
This exhibition consists of a series of major new commissions by some of the most innovative practitioners in design and architecture including London-based fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, the architecture practice OMA, founded by Rem Koolhaas, and the artistic director of Muji, Kenya Hara.
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.
Designers in Residence: Open
24 November – 31 March
This year’s Designers in Residence – Alix Bizet, Clementine Blakemore, Andrea de Chirico and Rain Wu – explore human behaviour, collaborative construction, local suppliers and tea rituals in a series of displays and workshops exploring what ‘open’ means to them.
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