This is absolutely the place to see anything design-related in depth. Abyss-level depth. Don't expect Da Vinci--that's with the school groups at the National Gallery (art lovers shouldn't miss that). But you will have your breath taken away by the comprehensive display of ceramics from bronze-age to now. And by fabric and weaving and glass and paper and sculpture and silver and costumes and....
The stuff is fabulous, but the exposition isn't. It's sometimes hard to figure out which label is referring to which object. And it's occasionally frustrating to see mind-blowing things with no interpretive help.
Don't bring the kids. They'd be bored in minutes.
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