Plan your visit

You have been dearly missed!

You will need to book a ticket in advance, even if you're a member. Here's everything you need to know about what you should bring with you, how to get to Kensington and more.

As an independent charity, the museum is grateful for the generosity and support of its visitors, donors, sponsors, and its loyal members. See you soon!

Safety first

This symbol indicates that the museum followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Find out about the museum's new Safe and Sound safety measures and your pre-visit checklist, featuring all the mandatory essentials.

Opening times and location

The Design Museum is located at 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG.

Open daily 10.00-21.00 from 31 July - 31 August.
Open 10.00-18.00 from September, with extended opening hours until 21.00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

What's on?

The museum is partially reopening from 31 July 2020 with major new exhibition, Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers and temporary installation, Fountain of Hygiene.

Permanent display, Designer Maker User and other areas of the museum will reopen at a later stage.

Will the shop and cafe be open?

A new exhibition shop will be open, offering a range of books and music-inspired gifts. The Design Museum online shop is open, with orders available for home delivery and click&collect in store. The High Street Shop will be open for those looking for design inspirations and souvenirs.

The cafe will not be open, but free drinking water will be available.


Members will have to book free tickets in advance of their visit. A link has been shared with you via email, but do not hesitate to contact should you have any issues.

Getting to Kensington

The museum is outside the Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone. Find out about cycling tips, car parks and the closest bus and underground stations.

Hotels close by

The Design Museum is delighted to work with Edwardian Hotels London as a preferred hotel partner. Customers of the Design Museum can enjoy special discounted rates at Radisson Blu Edwardian London hotels.


The Design Museum warmly welcomes visitors with disabilities and their companions.

Get in touch

Please contact the Design Museum on +44 (0)20 3862 5900 or the Bookings Office on +44 (0)20 3862 5937 Monday to Friday (10:00 to 17:00). For enquiries outside of these hours, please submit an online enquiry.

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Design Museum membership unlocks free, unlimited access to all exhibitions for you and a guest, as well as priority booking for all related talks and events plus discounts in the shop.