Explore the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at the Design Museum in Kensington and discover the designs that have helped shape our cultural landscape.
What is there to see at the Design Museum?
Designer Maker User is the Museum’s permanent collection featuring items from areas such as fashion, architecture, engineering and the digital world. There are almost 1000 items to investigate revealing the history of modern design through the perspectives of designer, maker and user.
Take a fresh look at familiar objects such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch, Sony Walkman, Apple iPhone and even the British road signage system.
Past exhibitions have included a look at how trainers became a cultural symbol, the story of Ai-Da, the first convincing humanoid robot, and the shaping of the electronic music landscape.
The programme of exhibitions for 2022 includes a look at how design has pushed football to its technical and emotional limits from the innovative materials used in today’s boots to the design of football stadiums.
Is the Design Museum free to visit?
The Design Museum is free to visit but some temporary exhibitions require a fee and a pre-booked ticket.
Where is the Design Museum?
The Design Museum is situated on Kensington High Street in Kensington in London.
How do I get to the Design Museum?
The closest Tube station to the Design Museum is High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines) which is a seven-minute walk away. Holland Park (Central line) and Earl’s Court (District and Piccadilly) are all 15 minutes’ away while Kensington Olympia is the closest railway station.
Various bus routes have stops close to the museum including the 9, 10, 27, 28, 49 and C1.
There is cycle parking in front of the museum as well as Santander docking stations close by.
What are the Design Museum’s opening times?
The Design Museum is open from 10am to 6pm from Sunday to Thursday and from 10am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
Facilities & Accessibility
- Access Inside Building Facilities
All routes suitable for pushchairs or prams
All routes suitable for limited mobility users
Effective lighting throughout for visually impaired users
Lift buttons with raised numbers or letters
Seating for limited mobility users along routes
Steps with handrail within building
Wheelchair spaces available in auditorium
- Access into the Building
Flat routes from parking area to entrance
Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
Ramps from parking area to entrance
Steps from parking area to entrance
- Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Some toilets with handrails
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
- Accessible Communication Facilities
Audible alarm system
Clear signage (colour contrast, large letters or pictograms)
Hearing loop system
- Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Special dietary requirements catered for
Level access, ramp or lift to the bar
Level access, ramp or lift to dining area
Level access, ramp or lift to the lounge
Level access, ramp or lift to restaurant or cafe
Level access, ramp or lift to the shop
- Additional Accessible Facilities
Accessible baby changing rooms
Level access, ramp or lift to information point
Level access, ramp or lift to ticket issuing point
Level access, ramp or lift from entrance to reception
Touch Tours available
- Attraction Facilities
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Group bookings accepted
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Vegetarian options on menu
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Available for wedding receptions
In house AV available
Raked or tiered seating offered
Trade vehicle access
- General Facilities