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Design Museum

Address: 28 Shad Thames | Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2YD, England (London Bridge)
Phone Number: 02074036933
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Ranked #415 of 921 Attractions in London
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Everything you want to see regarding design--industrial, graphic, fashion, architectural...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Owner description: Everything you want to see regarding design--industrial, graphic, fashion, architectural, product--are all in this museum.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Spontaneous visit in Jan 2015, came upon it while wandering around one quiet Tuesday afternoon. January 2015 - temporary exhibition was on fashion, which doesn't usually interest me, but their commentary on how fashion as affected and been affected by their social status was very interesting. Upstairs and the theme was disruption. It lacked commentary so as someone who knows... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I found this museum to be incredibly overpriced, with next to no value for the money you on getting in. When myself and a group of friends visited, we where kept waiting whilst both receptionists where on the phone, when they finally got the phone, there was no apology for keeping us waiting for such a long time. The staff... More 

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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We arrived at the museum expecting to be educated and fascinated by the many varieties of design, but left feeling disappointed. The ground floor consisted of women's fashions through the ages whilst upstairs contained a random selection of designs, some interesting and others less so. Entrance cost over £12 each with our visit lasting about 30 minutes to see two... More 

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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I really enjoyed the fashion exhibition and found it very interesting with lots to look at and learn. However, my husband was not so thrilled with the rest of the Museum which he went to look at while I was working my way round all the fashion displays. There wasn't much else and it wasn't very interesting or informative. I... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The museum is a non profit organisation, supporting the designers role in the community and tries to increase the awareness of the role of design in human life. I am impressed. There was an exhibition about woman-fashion and power... wow what a subject... you can easily follow how women uses fashion for the power.. dresses has been a signal if... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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56 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The main exhibition is a fashion journey to the past - or vice versa. In fact, to me it was nothing special. The real Design Department is kept rather limited. I would have loved to see more exhibits and ideas from young designers.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I always have high hopes of this museum, but it never quite delivers. The shop and café is great, the staff are lovely, even the loos are good. But the exhibitions seem a little less exciting. Perhaps it is because the placing of a design piece in a space , without telling its whole story, detracts from the creativity, decision... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We paid £12.50 each to enter as my Partner wanted to view the Fashion Exhibition. Apart from a few dresses, a couple of corsets and a few old mags it was not at all brilliant. After the fashion exhibition we went to see what else the museum had to offer. Not a lot as it happened. We felt ripped -off... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I have looked forward to visiting the Design Museum for a long time, as has my husband, and if all the hype around it was to be believed, we were in for a treat. Not so … just two relatively small floors, one taken up by a fashion exhibition, which I enjoyed but my husband did not, and the second... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Went with my family, not brilliant £35 for family admission, two floors of exhibits, 1st floor on history of women dress in last 100 years, top floor weird- a fake bank, a fake lottery fix exhibits, a place to write postcards to stick on wall. Where is the great examples of design, hardly anything there. I hope they bring this... More 

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