Designed by OKIDO Free, Self-led

Explorer Trail

Our free Explorer Trail includes creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. Available from mid-December.

What to expect

The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. After engaging in the museum building itself the trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection, supporting children to discover that design is all around us, in things we use every day and everywhere .

The trail will take approximately 30 - 40 minutes to complete.

From mid-December you will be able to collect your free trail from the Ticket Desk or from a Welcomer when you arrive.

Booking information

Free self-led resource available at the Admissions desk or from a Welcomer.

Year-round offer to every child visiting the museum. Available from mid-December.

Suitable for families with children aged 5 -11 years.


Rachel Ortas, the OKIDO artist who created the much-loved Messy Monster character will be creating a visual discovery trail for the Design Museum's permanent collection.

related exhibition

Designer Maker User

Designer Maker User tells the story of contemporary design through these three interconnected roles. Object highlights include the London 2012 Olympic Torch, a 1:1 scale model of the new London Tube train and a 1980’s Sony Walkman.

enjoy your visit


The new Design Museum will offer much more for families including a free permanent display for the first time.

Plan your visit

The Design Museum is now closed and will reopen in its spectacular new location on High Street Kensington on 24 November 2016.

Become a member

Design Museum Members enjoy free unlimited entry to all the exhibitions, with access to tours, events and discounts. Be among the first to enjoy the perks of the new museum.