Self-guided visits for learning groups

The Design Museum welcomes schools, colleges and universities for self-guided visits of one of the opening exhibitions. Here is everything you need to know to plan an inspiring self-guided visit to museum.

Available Exhibitions

What is there to see?

The Design Museum has five exhibitions available for self-guided visits - Designer Maker User, Beazley Designs of the Year and the upcoming Home Futures, David Adjaye: Making Memory and Stanley Kubrick exhibitions.

Designer Maker User is a free exhibition (bookable for learning groups) that tells the story of contemporary design. Entry times are available each hour from 10.00-16.00. This may take up to 60 minutes to see as a group.

Beazley Designs of the Year, Home Futures, David Adjaye: Making Memory and Stanley Kubrick are paid temporary exhibitions and we advise that it may take up to 60 minutes as a group. Entry times are offered every 30 minutes from 10.00 - 16.00.

Please allow 60 minutes to view each exhibition and choose your time slots carefully to prevent any clashes. You may wish to also factor in a break for your group if you are coming to see multiple exhibitions during your visit.

Upcoming exhibitions

Designer Maker User

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

Beazley Designs of the Year 2018

Discover this year’s top picks of some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designs from the past 12 months, across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design.

Home Futures

Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

David Adjaye: Making Memory

How can a building shape our perception of events - past, present and future? Experience the storytelling power of architecture through an exploration of seven monumental projects from celebrated architect Sir David Adjaye OBE.

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

Booking information

Self-guided visits to Designer Maker User are free of charge, however booking is required.

From 22 October 2018 our ticketing for self-guided visits has changed. Self-guided visits to temporary exhibitions now cost £3 per student in primary, secondary, further education and college, and £5 for students in university and higher education. There is now no different fee for overseas students.

Teachers and tutors are free at a ratio of 1:7 students. Any additional teachers will be charged the £8 Teacher ticket rate.

If you have any questions about a booking for either Home Futures for Learning Groups or BDOTY 2018 for Learning Groups made before this change, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Bookings Office by e-mailing, or by calling 0203 862 5937 between 10:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday. Paying self-guided visit cancellations need to be made in writing and 28 days/20 working days prior to a visit at the museum.

Get in touch

The Bookings Office can be contacted Monday to Friday (10:00 - 17:00) on +44 20 3862 5937 or contact via the online enquiry form.