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Design Museum

28 Shad Thames | Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2YD, England (London Bridge)
02074036933
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Ranked #461 of 853 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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Attraction details
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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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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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29 helpful votes 29 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
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very dissapointing. When you think how many free museuems there are in London this one really needs to up their game. We had two for one tickets thankfully but would not have been happy to pay £25.00 for two as such a small venue and not much too see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

visited the Design Museum for the Women Fashion Power exhibit, the museum has been around for 30+ years and it seems tired and dated. The exhibit layout lacked flow and the exhibit layout seemed awkward. I did find the material interesting, only wished they had tied the power statement more as to why they choose what they wore for certain... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Took our 12-year-old grandson with ambitions to be an engineer with hopes of inspiration for him. We last visited at least 20 years ago and remembered it being a showcase of British talent and very worth seeing - not so any longer. A whole floor (of only two) was given over to a clothing/fashion exhibition which held no interest for... More 

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