About the museum

The world’s leading design museum and European Museum of the Year 2018

The Design Museum is the only place in the UK where the design industry, education and the public can come together to change the way people think about themselves and the future.

The museum is a registered charity founded in 1989. It relocated to a spectacular modern landmark in Kensington in 2016 and has welcomed over 2.1 million visitors since re-opening.

Vision, purpose and values

Learn about what the museum stands for.

Made in 1989

2020 marks 31 years since the Design Museum originally opened its doors in a converted banana warehouse in Shad Thames. Find out more about the history of the museum and the exhibitions from the past three decades.

Design for a Sustainable Future

Sustainable development is the greatest challenge of our times. From how we use our finite resources to how we minimise waste, save water, up cycle components and tackle end to end life cycles – designers are exploring ways to create a more sustainable future. They have the ability to solve problems and make things better.

Moving to Kensington

The Design Museum opened its doors in its new location on 24 November 2016. Explore the story of the move.

Work at the museum

Find out about the latest exciting job opportunities at the Design Museum.


The museum is a charity governed by a board of 14 trustees.


The Design Museum is led by the Chief Executive and Director, Tim Marlow OBE.

Volunteer at the museum

The museum offers an exciting and rewarding range of volunteering and placement opportunities. What could you do?

Design Museum Collection

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