What's on offer at the new Design Museum?

The new Design Museum is the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture, an international showcase for the many design skills at which Britain excels and a creative centre, promoting innovation and nurturing the next generation of design talent.


The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street
W8 6AG

In its first year the museum will welcome

  • 700,000 +
    visitors per year
  • 60,000
    learners per year

In its new home the museum has

  • 1
    Permanent Collection display
  • 2
    temporary exhibition spaces
  • 400m²
    learning spaces
  • 10,000m²
    total space
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
    Grade II listed building
  • 1
    Designers in Residence studio
  • 1
    library and archive
  • 202
    seat auditorium
  • 5
    event spaces

Opening exhibitions

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World was the museum's ambitious opening exhibition consisting of a series of major new commissions by some of the most innovative practitioners in design and architecture.

Beazley Designs of the Year

In its ninth year when the museum opened, Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual exhibition celebrating design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.

Designer Maker User

Free Display: For the first time in its history, the museum has a free permanent display of its collection. Designer Maker User tells the story of contemporary design through these three interconnected roles.

Designers in Residence 2016: Open

Free Display: The museum asked designers to submit creative responses to this year’s theme OPEN. 2016 residents were Rain Wu, Alix Bizet, Clementine Blakemore and Andrea de Chirico.

new partnerships


The Design Museum is partnering with Phaidon who will publish catalogues to accompany the museum’s major exhibitions, as well as a new guide to and history of the Design Museum.


The Design Museum is partnering with Vitra whose furniture will be used in all of the museum’s public spaces.


The Design Museum is partnering with Concord who have worked with the museum to provide the building’s lighting scheme to highlight its architectural features.

The story

Building the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design.