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Design Museum

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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Worth a visit but a little pricey

Considering the small space, there's quite a lot to see. I didn't rate the Camper shoes exhibition as it felt more like a marketing play than a learning experience but the "Design... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Was expecting a display of key design pieces through the ages- furniture, lighting, architecture, technology instead got something resembling my loft. A grubby handful of old Mac mouses and not much else. Perhaps this is a little harsh as some of the temporary exhibits were very interesting but on the whole little to see and over priced, I spent most... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The one thing that struck us on our visit was the poor design of the building, signage, and visitor flow. It was suggested we start on the 2nd floor and work down. The lift could only be operated by a member of staff. The layout was unimaginative, lots of negative signage; do not touch, and little interactive options. One huge... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

For £13 I would have expected a lot more, the first floor was dedicated to camper shoes, not my thing so didn't spend long there. Second floor was dedicated to the design of the year awards. Some interesting stuff, but really expected to see a permanent exhibition dedicated to, well, design. A big disappointment, and a missed opportunity by the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

When you compare this museum with some of the big museums in London - which are free - this one does not feel like good value for £13. There are basically two large rooms on two levels with the exhibits sparsely arranged. The current exhibition on camper footwear was just a waste of time - you may as well go... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The entrance fee is high and it was definitely not worth the money. But my main objection is not the price, it was the meager content. When we visited, there was no permanent exhibition at all, nothing about design, architecture etc in general, only two temporary exhibitions. One of them was not really a serious museum exhibition, more like a... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The Designs of the Year exhibition (open through March 2016) was worth the price of admission (the other exhibits had a few interesting things - but would not have been worth the price of admission). Seventy six fascinating glimpses into many facets of contemporary design (ranging from fashion to technology). My husband thought he'd be bored to death by the... More 

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This "museum" is really out of the way and not worth the long trip to get there. The website didn't say anything about the permanent collection beeing closed the day I came and the temporary exhibit was uninteresting and still quite expensive. The coffee shop's prices were also highway robbery!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Considering the small space, there's quite a lot to see. I didn't rate the Camper shoes exhibition as it felt more like a marketing play than a learning experience but the "Design of the Year" exhibition was well worth seeing. I felt the way they explained the objective of the design brief for each item really valuable.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Really interesting visit. First floor was all about Camper Shoes - how they are designed and made - and top floor was new inventions varying from the fixture for a cow's tail to inform the farmer when she is going into labour through to the method of collecting plastic waste from the ocean bed and printing 3D prosthetics for South... More 

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Dagenham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A fond visitor of museums, I thought I would give the Design museum a go. Situated by the river Thames, it is sat at a nice location and visitors can sit by and watch the waves flow before heading in or after having finished their visit to the museum. A couple of interesting pieces belonging to the museum are located... More 

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Additional Information about Design Museum

Address: Address: 28 Shad Thames | Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2YD, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7403 6933
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > London Bridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm

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