Design is a continually evolving subject. The Design Museum offers opportunities to explore the present and future of design through a programme of temporary exhibitions and displays.

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense

This major exhibition, developed in collaboration with Ai Weiwei himself, is the first to present his work as a commentary on design and what it reveals about our changing values. The show mixes recent works with commissioned pieces, inviting us into a meditation on value and humanity, art and activism.

The Offbeat Sari

A major exhibition celebrating the contemporary sari, bringing together the finest creations of our time from designers, wearers and craftspeople in India. Discover how it manifests today as a site for design innovation, an expression of identity, and a crafted object carrying layers of cultural meanings.


Delve into the colourful world of artist and designer Yinka Ilori in this display that celebrates a unique mix of cultural influences and unpacks the ingredients of a diasporic visual language.

Design Ventura 2022–2023

In this free display, discover the shortlisted product ideas created by students for our annual national schools’ competition in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s global youth engagement programme 'Born to Be'.

Designer Maker User

Designer Maker User is an introduction to the museum’s collection, looking at the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles. Free entry.

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Future exhibitions

See what's coming up in 2023.

Touring exhibitions

Some of our exhibitions tour to museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

Past exhibitions

Discover 25 years of the Design Museum exhibitions.