After a few setbacks and much anticipation, the Design Museum finally re-opened in its new premises last year – and boy, is it looking flash these days. Now located in the Grade II-listed former Commonwealth Institute building on Kensington High Street, it now boasts three times the space and has an archive, library, two shops and a permanent collection.
|Venue name:||Design Museum||Contact:|
Kensington High St
|Transport:||Tube: High St Kensington|
|Do you own this business?|
Pick a dateto
California: Designing Freedom
We are all Californians. That’s the bold statement that the Design Museum’s new exhibition makes as it examines how Californian ideals have affected our everyday lives through technology. The exhibition traces the progression of design in California...Art and design Until Sunday October 15 2017
Things to do
Cartier in Motion
Get up close and personal with the luxury French watchmakers Cartier at 'Cartier in Motion'. There are over 170 exhibits to ogle at alongside rare insights into the research and work of the designers at Cartier, through extracts from material found in...Exhibitions Until Friday July 28 2017 Free
You may be interested in:
Average User Rating
4 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:11
- 3 star:7
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
This museum is gorgeous in its structure and I love the way it looks inside and out but in terms of exhibition space it doesn't feel any more spacious than its previous home. Most of the space is just there for show. It has no other real value as its essentially a huge impressive atrium with exhibitions space below it and off to the sides. Although I like it there's a small part of me that misses the old Design Museum base too.
The exhibition on the top floor is free and does contain some interesting features. It's basically showing off the many designs that have changed our world.
The 2 current pay to see exhibitions are 'Imagine Moscow' and 'Fear & Love'.
I was a little disappointed in the Imagine Moscow exhibition. Many museums and galleries are doing Russian based exhibits right now due to it being 100 years since the revolution and Id say the other exhibitions were done better than this one. This exhibition features designs that were never realised in Moscow and are interesting but I felt it could have been done a lot better.
The Fear and Love museum was definitely my preferred exhibition at this museum. To be honest I'm a bit of a child and the neon sign welcoming you in had me excited immediately. The interactive movement sensitive robot had my partner gripped (hours of fun!) and there was a lot of interesting content to invest in. Other than the curious robot my favourite parts of this exhibition were the fabric exhibit and the section that showed how Grindr had helped refugees from Syria. Really interesting stuff
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!
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.