The Story of the Design Museum

Learn more about the Design Museum's three-decades journey.

Made in 1989

2019 marked 30 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.

Moving to Kensington

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

Landmarker Project

To mark the museum's fifth year in Kensington, we partnered with Snapchat to create Adapt, an augmented reality experience that reimagines our iconic building in the age of Waste and climate change envisioning how architecture could adapt to extreme weather conditions.

The Story of the Design Museum book

The publication charts the history of the Design Museum from the 1980s to the present day – from twenty-five years of groundbreaking exhibitions at its former home in Shad Thames to the future in its spectacular new home in a landmark 1960s architectural icon in Kensington.