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Design Museum

Neighborhood: London Bridge
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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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10:00 am - 5:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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£12.30 to view nothing a great scam!

£12.30 to view nothing a great scam the only saving grace was the women's fashion exhibit the rest was just awful. The fabric of the building is tired and worn the flooring long... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

£12.30 to view nothing a great scam the only saving grace was the women's fashion exhibit the rest was just awful. The fabric of the building is tired and worn the flooring long past its usefulness the lighting so dark i found it difficult to see some of the objects. If like me you viewed the Design Museum collection App... More 

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had been wanting to visit for some time, unfortunately i wasnt aware of the lack of permanent design exhibits. Instead there were 2 installations, 1 on challenging perceptions and the other on Womens fashion which looked like something from the V&A. Not that there is anything wrong with this but I just expected more designed objects and the story... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Really enjoyed the Women Fashion Power exhibit here. If you're interested in fashion and women's issues, it's a can't miss. Also great, scenic location on the water right by Tower Bridge.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

We had been looking forward to our visit for ages but apart from the women's fashion exhibition - nothing really. We read about it in the 2 for 1 offers with southwest trains who say " contemporary design in every form from fashion to furniture".we were told the furniture etc had been packed away until the move to Kensington. Not... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Very disappointing you could have learned as much about design by looking around the shop as you could in the Museum itself. Note good value for money and not happy to find they add 10% to the price of the ticket and I have to say I am not happy to pay it and then on top of that they... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Entrance fee costs £12.50 for an adult and £9.30 for a student. Visited to see Women Fashion Power exhibition which is excellent! History of women (past 150 years) shown through clothes. Excellent! Recommended!

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Great exhibition, well curated and very interesting in showing the social and political backdrop to centuries of clothing. Good food at cafe, shop quite good for presents

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England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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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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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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