The Design Museum

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The Design Museum
3.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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1-2 hours
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How to get there
  • High St Kensington • 7 min walk
  • Kensington,Olympia • 10 min walk
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tashiepl
Dagenham, UK203 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Visited the Sneakers Unlocked exhibition this afternoon. I booked in early May as soon as I knew the museum would be reopening, added the details to my diary and didn't give it much thought until this week. When we turned up they couldn't find our booking anywhere. Eva on the desk was brilliant and took her time looking into it all; we even checked my account to confirm the payment had gone through. Turns out I'd got the time wrong and we were 3 hours late! Eva was brilliant and sorted everything so we were still able to go into the exhibition.

We were a group of two families with kids aged 12-16 and there was something for everyone. Retro sneakers and history, from Chuck Berry Converse, to the Adidas hook up with Run DMC and a size 22 Shaq Attack!

It's a nicely created exhibition with lots to read, videos and music providing the soundtrack to the history of sneakers. It goes right up to the present day looking at the future of sneakers using sustainable materials and robotic technology. Really nice to do something different and unexpected. A good time was, had by all!
Written June 4, 2021
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MySloeLink
United Kingdom301 contributions
Oct 2020
Some very good exhibits and good as far as it went. The title of the exhibition is a bit of a tease. Should really have been titled ''Electronic music around the rave and dance scene with an honourable mention of Kraftwerk''. Around half of the exhibition was curated around the dance/rave scene and was excellent even though that genre wasn't my time. The other half skimmed through everything that went before, with a big dollop of Kraftwerk thrown in as a main audio visual exhibit. There's so much more to electronic music from the last 50 years. Plus around 10 of the jacks didn't work so had to share listening points or miss them out so as not to be waiting for too long close to other people.
Written December 6, 2020
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Chris A
Birmingham, UK155 contributions
Jan 2020
Now in the former Commonwealth Institute, a tent-shaped building by Holland Park off Kensington High Street, the Design Museum showcases design from the last several decades and more. See old typewriters, televisions, radios and computers, read the history behind Margaret Calvert's iconic motorway signage, and be surrounded by colour and good design.
Much of the Museum however is exhibits that you have to pay for - each one separately -, and if you did them all it could come expensive, particularly if you went as a family. This makes it a far quicker trip than it might otherwise be so you need to be wary of that choice: pay up, or call it an afternoon and head for Holland Park and the peacocks.
Written January 16, 2020
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Brian
Bath, UK284 contributions
Aug 2021
We were so disappointed on our recent trip to the Design Museum. We wanted to see the Margaret Calvert exhibition but it only took us half an hour to see everything. Everything else in the museum was not available and if we were warned beforehand we would not have paid to visit the Design Museum. We felt offended that we would have to pay extra to see the Sneakers Exhibition so didn't bother.
Written September 9, 2021
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Sonia A
London, UK10 contributions
Jun 2021
So good to be able to once again visit the Design museum, albeit to a paying exhibition 'Sneakers Unboxed'. We went with our daughter who's a sneaker collector and fan, so she excitedly talked us through the entire exhibition.

Wonderful to see the museum promoting urban culture as art - I'd never before appreciated the history behind sneakers and the importance of design and branding for today's youngsters. We spent a couple of hours there - great videos, tremendous display of a range of brands and styles, even some collector pieces worth 10s of thousands of £s. Have to say I became a little excited myself by the end of it and found myself afterwards checking out sneakers everyone was wearing in Kensington :)
Written June 8, 2021
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bfchyland
Manchester, UK16 contributions
Oct 2020
My partner and I booked tickets for the new Electronic exhibition at the museum and travelled from Manchester on Wednesday. We arrived, straight from the train, about 30 minutes early about 1.30pm. We asked the member of staff on the entrance ( a woman with grey hair and glasses) if we could go in early as there was no queue. She was not very helpful, stating that we had to wait for 30 minutes even though my partner told her: "We have come all the way from Manchester can you please ask your manager"

Eventually after some gentle persuasion she finally got onto the manager and we were allowed in. We noticed that there were only 2 other people in front of usand 1 behind us. It is a large exhibition so no real problems about social distancing. We enjoyed the exhibition and will recommend it to our friends but we are not happy about the way we were treated by the woman at the entrance. We visit art galleries regularly and we want to see them thrive even in this covid 19 environment but if the staff, like this woman, has this negative view towards customers then it will deter people from enjoying the experience.
Written October 14, 2020
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etwickenham
London, UK77 contributions
Dec 2020
We didn't leave the Electronic exhibition much the wiser about electronic music.
The exhibition was not well set up for experiencing sound and listening to music. The limited availability of sockets for each exhibit meant lots of waiting, and as a party of 3 with only ever two small sockets available, we were unable to experience any of the exhibits together. The loud background music and the clanking of the dancing cube meant that even the 3D kraftwerk room which didn't require headphones was spoilt by external noise. Many other museums I've visited or tours that I've had have used technology allowing users to tune into the audio for an exhibit via an app or a dedicated museum device, completely sidestepping the problem of limited sockets. It was overall quite disappointing that the technology at the museum didn't match the technology of the subject matter. Staff were not particularly welcoming or engaged. Three little redeeming features were the Kraftwerk room, the light show installation and the chemical brothers at the end.
Written December 7, 2020
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Stephen I
Haringey, UK122 contributions
Dec 2021
i recently attended the amy winehouse beyond the stage show . was disgusted to find they did not take cah one was suposed to pre book on line or access via a smart phone . saying this i really enjoyed the exhibition and had a great time
Written December 4, 2021
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Sandbees
3 contributions
Sep 2020
We visited the Electronic Music exhibition mid week purely to avoid crowds and it was well worth doing. The Design Museum had organised it well so social distancing was easy. We were also reassured that plenty of cleaning had taken place in between groups and hand sanitiser was readily available.
We spent around an hour in the exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes I agree with others that there were a few 'gaps' in the timeline, however I think the Design Museum has done a brilliant job in managing to even get an exhibition up and running during lockdown and to do so safely.
Staff were extremely friendly and at no point did we feel rushed.
Also lovely touch to have the book of condolence to Sir Terence.
All in all, well worth the visit and nice to escape this covid madness, albeit for an hour or so.
Written September 17, 2020
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yvette303
13 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
First proper outing since this Covid-19 business. We had tickets previously but the exhibition had to close. So glad that they got it up and running again so quickly. The setting for the Design Museum is absolutely lovely and we were able to add a quick picnic in Holland Park to our inventory for the day. On a practical note the museum has implemented safe practices with plenty of hand sanitizer and much reduced visitor numbers giving lots of space ( which was great!). Masks must be worn and you need to take your own earphones so that you can interact with the installations. Extension leads are provided to give a little more freedom. There is also music playing over sound systems through out the museum. The exhibition itself is well put together and educational whilst also being fun and bringing back some very happy memories of my dance music past and present. It is also the closest I've been to getting out clubbing and having a dance for a very long time thanks to pesky Covid-19 ! I was very happy to have a little dance around the museum as we went. Altogether a fun and informative exhibition that provides a very welcome day out during difficult times.
Written August 3, 2020
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The Design Museum is open:
  • Mon - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Sun 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


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