About the museum

The Design Museum is devoted to contemporary design in every form, from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design.

Founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran, the museum is the place in the UK where the design industry, education and the public come together to change the way people think about themselves and the future.

The museum relocated to a spectacular modern landmark in Kensington in 2016, where it has welcomed over 2 million visitors since reopening and was awarded European Museum of the Year 2018.

Its collection, publishing, events, exhibitions, learning and digital programmes invite everyone to experience and reflect on the impact of design.

Vision, Mission and Values

Learn about what the museum stands for.

The Story of the Design Museum

Get to know the journey to become the world's leading contemporary design museum.

The Design Museum Collection

The Design Museum Collection is an important record of the designs which have shaped the modern world.

Get involved

Work, volunteer or join the membership.


Meet the museum's Directorate and Trustees.

Immunity from seizure

Find out more about the museum's Immunity from Seizure Approved Status.