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 two exhibitions available for self-guided visits - Designer Maker User and Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier.

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.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier is a paid temporary exhibition and we advise that it may take up to 60 minutes to view 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.

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.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Celebrate the timeless beauty of the female form with thirty-five years of haute couture from Azzedine Alaïa, and discover the mastery of cut, tailoring, fit, innovative form and materials behind the designer's unique creations.

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?

Booking information

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

Self-guided visits to temporary exhibitions: £3 per student for primary, secondary, further education and colleges £5 per student for universities £7 per student for all overseas students

Teachers and tutors are free on a ratio of 1:10 students. Any additional teachers will be charged the standard adult rate.

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.