About the museum

The Design Museum is a multifaceted museum, an ever-changing space for the public, industry and education to come together and explore new ideas.

A registered charity, the museum's innovative exhibitions, partnerships, research and learning programmes evidence how design can enable this planet and its inhabitants to thrive. Our landmark building in Kensington is the centre of our national network and a global hub for the transformative potential of 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 millions of visitors since reopening and was awarded European Museum of the Year 2018.

The Story of the Design Museum

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

Our Vision, Mission and Values

Learn about what the museum stands for.


Meet the museum's Directorate, Trustees and Advisory Committees.

The Design Museum Collection

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

Independent Research Organisation Status

In Spring 2024, the Design Museum was awarded IRO status. This acknowledges the museum’s ability to lead and support groundbreaking research.

The Design Museum Publishing

Since 2015, the Design Museum has published innovative books and exhibition catalogues encompassing all elements of design.

Get involved

Work, volunteer or join membership.

Immunity from seizure

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