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Design Museum

28 Shad Thames | Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2YD, England (London Bridge)
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Ranked #520 of 1,134 Attractions in London
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Everything you want to see regarding design--industrial, graphic, fashion, architectural, product--are all in this museum.
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I have seen a lot of museum's in Londen.. and compared to the British museum and the Science museum and others this is a different size.. and it might not be the first one to pick.. but if you have time it's worth a visit... I loved this place.. it's on the nice side of the tower bridge.. on the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The design museum seriously needs to up it's game to meet the standard of other galleries/museums in London. I came back out of the Louis Kahn exhibition with mixed feelings - great exhibition (good content, well curated, though poor execution in places - letters falling off the displays!), but awful visitor experience - totally despondent staff at the ticket counter,... More

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Florianopolis, Brazil
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Design Museum is an interesting place to visit if you like architeture, fashion design, contemporary art, car, design, digital art, ect. It is a small Museum but it`s worht going. There is a very interesting work of art by Eduardo Paulozzi in front the museum. It is very nice. I liked very much to see the Designs of the... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Designers will love this place! Every time I visit London I make it a point to check out the design museum. First of all I love the location, the walk on cobbled streets in the alleys, the view out by the Thames. The museum itself is a small odd building, not so spacious but every corner is used up for... More

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Bologna, Italy
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I loved the didactic laboratory! Very innovative. The Museum is near the most famous Tate Modern, in the same are on the docks. Nice to walk, full of restaurants and bars. Very nice book shop and helpful and kind personnel.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Fortunately the surrounding area is interesting and enjoyable and compensated for the very disappointing Museum. The DM is shortly being relocated into a new much bigger venue in Kensington but at the moment the offering is small, very limited and ridiculously overpriced. The Louis Kahn exhibition is well worth seeing but, for us, there was little else,

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Desgn Museum has been on my 'bucket list' for some time. I visited with a fellow Design Engineer and though we found some items of general interest it was difficult to get excited at what was being displayed. There were a number of groups of students with clipboards who were taking copious notes so perhaps it is aimed at... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I understand the museum is moving, which it definitely needs to. The space is limited and uninspiring. I did, however, enjoy the Louis Kahn exhibit very much. I look forward to more light and more space.

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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Underwhelmed by lack of exhibits, poor visuals and lack of interpretation. Managed to get two for one on back of rail tickets, but still looked expensive for my money. Shop sells corkscrews for £50. They were flying off the shelf......

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

Not good value for money but it is a little different to many other London museums. Not really any permanent exhibitions so check what's on before visiting. Nice position on the banks of the Thames with a nice cafe on the ground floor with both indoor and outside seating. Easy to get to just along from Tower Bridge. Small visitors... More

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