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Design Museum

28 Shad Thames | Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2YD, England (London Bridge)
02074036933
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Ranked #488 of 1,098 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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Derby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you are into design. I liked the top floor which is showcasing top new designs for 2014. Again no language guides but less required than other museums. Good little shop too. Overall worth a visit if you have time - Head over tower bridge and then take the steps down and follow the old quay. Might be better when... More

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I'm glad I visited this museum but was surprised at how small and expensive it was for what it. Saw a few things from the gadget show there.

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We love visiting this area of London and can happily potter around the museum, cafe and shop, Today we paid to take our daughters around for the first time and we were all truly inspired by the exhibits. The 2014 design of the year exhibition was fun to vote for. It's a relatively expensive family afternoon but worth doing once... More

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