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Moving to Mars

Should we stay or should we go?

Travel to Mars without leaving London – in a multi-sensory adventure for all ages.


What the Press said

'As this fascinating show makes clear, colonising the Red Planet will require technical genius – plus an eye for fashion and coffee you can drink upside-down'
★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian

'Immersive at every turn' Evening Standard

★ ★ ★ ★ Londonist

'This show will help you become a real Martian' New Scientist

'An intelligent and thoughtful exhibition. Its most compelling sensation, though, is one of wonder' The Observer

'A thrilling leap into the future' Financial Times

'A thought-provoking look at man's fascination with Mars' Metro

What to expect

Step into a full-scale Mars home, immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the landscape and learn how rethinking daily life for a zero-waste, clean energy-powered civilisation might help future generations on Earth.

Children born today are the first who might witness a human mission to Mars in their lifetime. It’s one of humanity's great challenges and everything will need to be designed – but should we even be going?

The exhibition features immersive environments, about 200 objects including contributions from NASA, the European Space Agency and SpaceX; NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge winners, AI SpaceFactory; robotic builders by Foster & Partners; the first sustainable urban design for Mars, Mars City Design; the first spacesuit designed for the Mars surface; Christopher Raeburn's new fashion collection inspired by the red planet and much more.

Age guidance 8+


Step on Mars

An immersive installation featuring high resolution imagery from Mars never seen in public before. Photo credit: Felix Speller

Visit a full-scale Mars home by HASSELL

Mars habitat by HASSELL in partnership with Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC). Part of NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. Photo credit: Felix Speller

What will farming look like on Mars?

One of the major difficulties in colonising Mars is the fact that there is no form of life and very little water on the planet. Photo credit: Felix Speller

Try on some Mars fashion - inspired by the scarcity of materials on Mars

Raeburn MARS Fall 2019 Collection x HASSELL x Design Museum

First map of the surface of Mars

Map by 18th-century Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli

Learn about the evolution of space suits

See the first space suit designed for the Mars surface, displayed in the UK for the first time. Photo credit: Ed Reeve

How much food would you need to bring on the journey?

NASA. Skylab crew, 1973

Meet the Mars rovers

European Space Agency, ExoMars Project. Photo credit: Ed Reeve

Explore the future

Photo credit: Ed Reeve

Your mission starts here

Everyone's invited to design life on Mars

Astronaut Tim Peake, scientist Professor Sanjeev Gupta, climate activist Venetia Falconer and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees invite you to engage at each stage and design for the next generation.


Q&A with Alyssa Carson

The Design Museum speaks to Future Mars Walker, Alyssa Carson as part of the #GenerationMars series.

Seventh Wave

To mark the Moving to Mars exhibition, which touches on how discoveries on the red planet might help Earth – the Design Museum is premiering an intriguing short film about climate change, made by 3D artist Petter Schölander.

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Background artwork by Empire Design