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Design Museum

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Address: 28 Shad Thames | Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2YD, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7403 6933
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: The Design Museum in London is dedicated to exhibiting the best...
The Design Museum in London is dedicated to exhibiting the best contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics and architecture to industrial design. The museum was created to celebrate, entertain and inform visitors about the wonders of modern design. Exhibitions at the Museum highlight key designs which have shaped the modern world from lighting and fashion through to everyday domestic appliances. Set in an historic Thameside location by Tower Bridge, the Design Museum offers inspirational insights into design and a unique experience for visitors to London.
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Interesting but too expensive

£13 is way too much for such a small museum. The three exhibitions advertised took us an hour only. Albeit interesting, this visit should not cost more that £5. Many of the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

£13 is way too much for such a small museum. The three exhibitions advertised took us an hour only. Albeit interesting, this visit should not cost more that £5. Many of the "exhibits" were mere photographs or videos, so not even seeing the actual items. Partly disappointing.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Really miserable in ambitions and performance Totally boring and non touch experience Visit only if in design industry as a "must" Also expensive

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Our visit 10 years ago was not memorable, but this trip was. The building would win no design awards - a converted factory. The exhibit on the design and construction of shoes made by the Camper company was remarkably good. The other exhibit was the nominees for an international design award with many fascinating ideas. Well worth the trip.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Met at the reception by a miserable, female member of staff on the till who clearly didn't want to be there. Paid £13 for an Adult and given a map by another member of staff at the stairs. The first floor was an advert for Camper shoes that took the entire first floor. Sparse and uninteresting so headed up to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Disappointing...somewhat interesting but much of it is product advertising for manufacturers - why £13 to see this?? The Camper shoe exhibition might be interesting if you have a shoe fetish, but seemed to us a bit like paying to go to a footwear trade show.

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We were looking forward to visiting the Design Museum and had booked 2 for 1 admission through Virgin Trains. Had we been paying full price we would certainly have complained at the poor value. There are just 2 floors of exhibits. The first was interesting: the best designs of 2014 across a whole range of products from interactive street furniture... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is a private Museum in the Shad area. The area itself is worth a visit as an historic reminder of the old London docks and the trade that went through them. It's interesting seeing the old storehouse buildings and imagining them in their hey day. The museum is spread over three floors and has a very good book/gift shop... More 

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Somerset
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Was expecting a display of key design pieces through the ages- furniture, lighting, architecture, technology instead got something resembling my loft. A grubby handful of old Mac mouses and not much else. Perhaps this is a little harsh as some of the temporary exhibits were very interesting but on the whole little to see and over priced, I spent most... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The one thing that struck us on our visit was the poor design of the building, signage, and visitor flow. It was suggested we start on the 2nd floor and work down. The lift could only be operated by a member of staff. The layout was unimaginative, lots of negative signage; do not touch, and little interactive options. One huge... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

For £13 I would have expected a lot more, the first floor was dedicated to camper shoes, not my thing so didn't spend long there. Second floor was dedicated to the design of the year awards. Some interesting stuff, but really expected to see a permanent exhibition dedicated to, well, design. A big disappointment, and a missed opportunity by the... More 

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