Established in the year 1989, the Design Museum in London is located by the River Thames close to the Tower Bridge in the cardinal piece of London. The museum focuses on planning the essential and integral portion of every aspect of life because the museum believes that the future wouldn’t exist without better design, safer use of scarce resources and more innovation, which facilitates to interpret our Earth around us by making it a safer space to be. The museum includes architectural design, fashion, graphic, industrial and products and has been ranked second among the top ten museums of the year 2007 as listed by The Times newspaper. The Design Museum at London has seen five million visitors, staged over 100 Exhibitions and the museum also enthralled four hundred thousand school children. The Museum has also built an important assemblage of present-day invention and has established leading educational programs. The museum was a former banana warehouse of the 1940’s which was later transformed beyond recognition in an international modernist style of the 1930’s. The Design Museum near London was designed by a group known as the Conran, which consists over two levels along with a Design Museum Tank exhibition area. The transformation was aided by Terence Conran because he dreamed of such a concept for a museum of contemporary museum. Installed in between the river Thames and the museum was a large sculpture erected which titled Head of Invention by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

A walk-through of the Museum

This amazing design of the museum consists of four areas such as the Ground Floor, which is the entry to the museum, this area houses a shop, an admissions desk, Cafe and toilets of the building and the ground level was designed by Marc Newson who was an Australian product designer. The Museum’s exhibitions change frequently because of its small size. The First Floor is the biggest space, which houses the museum’s main attraction and the previous exhibits included here were a Shoe design by Manolo Blahnik, Graphic Design by Peter Saville and the history of the video games, the museum also housed the Blueprint Cafe overseeing the River Thames and Tower Bridge. Between the first and the second levels is the Design Museum Tank that is on the mezzanine floor of the building. This area is not accessible to the general public, as its primary function is for discussions, lectures on designs or designers or talks or for hiring out of events about the Design Museum. The theme of the area which was supposed to be a swimming pool is decorated of a light blue shade. The second floor is a division of two sections by which the larger area of space faces towards the river view from the windows which houses an exhibition that is semi permanent that displays historical design themed for being logical and consistent with various decades of design. The smaller part is a separated by a wall towards the rear houses the Education Center which is the Education Department by the museum that teaches school children on their visit at the workshops.

Insight of the Museum

Dissimilar from the other museums the Design Museum has an entry fee because the museum is not thus far endorsed by the United Kingdom Arts Council, but functions as a registered charity by which the museum funds are generated through ticket sales that aid in putting up newer exhibitions together. Since 25 years of the establishment of the Design Museum by Terence Conran, the Design Museum of London has been inspired in problem solving and strongly supported creative thinking while commemorating the world’s best architects and designers. The museum was funded in the past as well as the present by many companies, benefactors, designers and donations. Deyan Sudjic has succeeded Alice Rawsthorn in the year 2006 as the Director of the museum till date.


The Collection

The museum houses over 3000 objects from the very start of modernization of the 1990’s to the state of the art contemporary design. The Collection of the museum includes lighting, furniture, domestic appliances along with an important record of important designs that have acted as a central part in influencing the contemporary universe and the technology in communications. Presently the museum’s permanent exhibition will be on display till 2015 with some of these elements changing every year as the museum has six sections of its exhibits that are based on 150 objects, each exploring the principal features from the National Identity to the Fashion, Icon and Materials. There are over six different stories that emerge on the basis of the strong collection from the contemporary world of Britain to the technological challenges of the plastic designing during the period of the 1960’s. By 2015 the museum will move to her future home at Kensington as the museum is gradually expanding and needing more space for it every growing and evolving without the loss of determination to be lighter on its feet.


The Museum has an entry fee as it is not yet been endorsed by the United Kingdom Arts Council. The prices of the museum’s tickets include 10% voluntary charitable donation to help the museum grow and accumulate funds for the future learning and exhibition’s programs. All the areas in the Design Museum will allow access by level access of by a lift and there are accessibility provisions for wheelchair-toilets located on the ground floor and there is a provision for a wheelchair from the entrance of the admission.


Admission fee:

£12.40 Adult
£9.30 Student
£6.20 Children under 16 (6-15 inclusive)
Free entrance to members and children under 6.

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Opening Timings

10am – 5.45pm, Last admission 5.15pm
The Design Museum is closed on 25 and 26 of December. On 24 December the museum closes at 2pm.



28 Shad Thames,

London SE1 2YD,

United Kingdom

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