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Design Museum

28 Shad Thames | Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2YD, England (London Bridge)
02074036933
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Ranked #500 of 1,108 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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Dartford
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My first issue was the fact that, on entering, my friend politely asked for a 'concession' ticket and was told they do not have one (the first time we have experienced this at numerous museums/galleries we have visited). Then as if to apologise, a female attendant who was sitting next to the male attendant who was serving us, said quite... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Everyone involved with visual art and creation should go there. The fee is 10 pounds. For families with kids with no relevant interest I don't think this attraction would work. The museums offers two floors of exhibition. One displays the architecture work, the second has exhibitions that change. For instance, it had some clock (sorry!) display and Best Design 2013.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Pricey entry fee for what was actualy on show, very limited displays and compared with the Tate not far away which is free entry this museum is a bit of a let down. i will not visit again.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

the year of 2014 is a not very big exhibition but a very interesting and amazing gallery. Esp some of them, you can touch, try, listen, so worth to go and see.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Went there for the design of the year 2014 on Sunday. Tickets bought online were actually more expensive than buying at gate, and you still need to queue for collection with people who didn't book the tickets. The items were not very well distributed, some of them have been removed already. The cafe was ok.

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Washington DC
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I enjoyed the spacious exhibit floors and the thought-provoking exhibits, particularly the one on award-winning designs for 2014. There was a little bit for everyone - fashion, architecture, technology, objects, transportation, concepts - but I would have enjoyed more indepth focus on a few areas. Hopefully the new museum will allow that. Still, a lot of food for thought here.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Visited this on a whim (and a two for one offer) and really enjoyed the experience. Very interesting exhibition of the design awards and a great café with tasty food and an outside seating area on the river bank.

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Malmö
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Design Museum in London is a gem, situated just outside the most crowded parts of London. It is a pleasant building with a very good shop and a well-placed café with outdoor facilities, and, above all, with very interesting exhibitions. Last time, July 2014, we visited the Louis Kahn exhibition which gave a good insight in 20th century architecture and... More

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Porto Alegre, RS
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Considering the steep £12,40 fee, I expected way more than this museum had to offer the time I visited it. There was so little to see and nothing extraordinary. I hope the new building the museum will be moving to in 2016 can host larger (and better) exhibitions.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

they charge £12.40 and show you so few items exhibited in such a boring way that you aim for the exit as soon as possible

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