Design Museum

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  • Art and design
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Opened in 1989 (following its original incarnation as the Boilerhouse established in the V&A by Terence Conran), the Design Museum by Tower Bridge encompasses modern and contemporary industrial and fashion design, graphics, architecture and multimedia. The smart Blueprint Café has a balcony overlooking the Thames. You can buy design books in the museum shop, as well as products related to the exhibitions. Exhibitions are usually accompanied by a programme of workshops for children.

Venue name: Design Museum
Contact:
Address: 28 Butlers Wharf
Shad Thames
London
SE1 2YD
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5.45pm (last adm 5.15pm)
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: £13.65, £10.25 students, £6.85 6-15s, under-6s free
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  • Until Thursday June 30 2016
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Kirsty E
Tastemaker

Strange little place.. Not an awful lot to see in the museum itself but the restaurant on the top floor is not bad and it has some spectacular views of Tower Bridge. Visit in the early evening when London is lit up ,before it gets too busy. Food is nothing special and a little expensive, and the staff are a bit cold and not very welcoming.. To be honest there are better places to visit for views of London.

Victoria B

Lovely building and location to visit! It is a little expensive though in terms of the size of the exhibition. The shop is a highlight!

Andy Smith

Just two floors of this building are for exhibitions. When we visited one floor was given over to contemporary jewelry, which was mostly pretentious or pornographic. The other exhibition was exactly what you would expect from a Design Museum. It showcased and explained brilliant design extremely well, it left us hungry for more - but there was no more. The little coffee area, the shop and the location are great, it's just a shame there wasn't more museum.