Design Museum

Museums , Art and design Kensington
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Design Museum
Luke Hayes
Design Museum

The Design Museum is now closed and is due to reopen in High Street Kensington on November 24 2016.

Following its original incarnation as the Boilerhouse, established in the V&A by Terence Conran, the Design Museum called Shad Thames home from 1989 until June 2016. Its now closed its riverside doors and has made its way across London to the former Commonwealth Institute building where three times the floor space, a library and archive, two shops, and space for a permanent collection display await. One of the shops is already open to the public and has plenty of beautiful design objects on offer.



Venue name: Design Museum
Address: 224-238
Kensington High Street
W8 6AG
Transport: Tube: High Street Kensington
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  • Exhibitions Thursday November 24 2016 - Monday February 20 2017
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I love this museum! This place has the best exhibitions. Exploring the world of design, themes are thought-provoking and always fit for the times. From architecture to jewellery, from everyday objects to fashion, there’s nothing they won’t question. Very interesting.

However, the price is quite steep. As the museum only has a few floors, the £10 entrance fee might seem a bit much. The actual building has a cool shop – focused a great design of course – and a good restaurant on the first floor with nice views over Tower Bridge. Stay tuned though, this will change when they move to their new building in South Ken.

Kirsty E

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.