Encompassing architectural, fashion, graphic, digital, engineering, product, and industrial, the Design Museum showcases contemporary designs in every form.
Unlike many of London’s other museums, the Design Museum has a relatively short history, dating back about three decades. In 1989, Sir Terence Conran and Stephen Bayley created the Boilerhouse Exhibition Space to display industrial design in contemporary culture in the basement of the Victoria & Albert Museum. It has since moved to its new premises on Kensington High Street in late 2016.
With its ever-changing talks, events, and pop-up exhibitions alongside design workshops for adults and children alike, the Design Museum is fun for all ages. For first-time visitors though, the Designer Maker User permanent exhibition is a must-see. It features close to 1000 items from the 20th and 21st century. The relationship of the design is also explored through varying perspectives, shifting through the designer, manufacturer, and user.
Visitors who have enjoyed the modernist exhibitions at the Design Museum can take a break with nature in the nearby Kyoto Garden in Holland Park . The garden is a pearl of Zen solitude and features peacocks and other roaming wildlife.
Visitors to the exhibitions can look for tickets and prices in advance here.
You can take the tube to the Design Museum, exiting at High Street Kensington Station via the Circle or District Lines.