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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
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Bike exhibition

Design Museum is very much what you would expect - a decent café, lots of exhibition space, and a shop. The café attracted us for lunch and didn't disappoint. Plenty of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2016
Hugo M
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Bournemouth UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited to renew our membership and visit the cycle exhibition which is heaven if you like bikes, frame builders saddle companies etc or paint dry if you don't!. It gives you an insight into the design history and cycles produced from sport carbon to bespoke hand built with plenty of video content. It's moving to Kensington, closing 1st July.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Design Museum is very much what you would expect - a decent café, lots of exhibition space, and a shop. The café attracted us for lunch and didn't disappoint. Plenty of vegetarian options. The exhibition itself is thoughtful and comprehensive. Have fun!

1 Thank Hugo M
Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We went specifically to see the Cycling exhibition so the fact it was the only floor open wasn't a disappointment; however, I was expected more in a few ways. The collection is merely a range of bikes with very little to tie them together or tell the story of cycling design. There are many opportunities to do so, either from... More 

Thank Richard F
Norwich, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Visited Tues 10.05.2016. Should have checked website as only exhibition is the cycling history one... Suggest wait until the museum relocates unless you are a bike nut !!. Nice cafe and shop with friendly staff,great view of the Thames. Museum staff were possibly the most miserable and unfriendly we have ever come across. Urgent training course required!!. Scrub a visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Very enjoyable visit. Beautiful gallery. Great collection through the ages including ceramic, furniture, clothing and excellent collection of posters. Worth a visit. Nice cafe area indoor and outside in lovely garden area. Nice design gift shop attached to museum.

Thank Jane M
Cape Town
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I confess I did walk rather a long way to get here, which might have prejudiced me a bit. I had also read on the website that the 2nd floor was closed (whatever that is supposed to mean). The so-called museum consisted of (truly) a mediocre exhibition of the bicycle (and the shop). Which is to say the museum consisted... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Being a cycling enthusiast this gave my daughter the chance to buy me the ideal birthday gift! Examples of bikes ranging from those of a hundred years ago to Wiggo's super light weight carbon fibre hour record Pinarello makes this a place to spend a few hours taking in the efforts of the greats.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Best thing we did during our 5 day stay in London was to go to the Design Museum. Ideal to then take a walk from the to the foodmarket at the next bridge.

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Brookmans Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Visited the Design Museum specifically to see the bicycle show which is a seperate exhibition and entry is charged. For bikies it's very interesting featuring bicycles ridden by Wiggo, Chris Boardman and others. There's also an original Rover "safety bicycle" which must be over 100 years old. A display of cargo bikes was interesting (and amusing). Not a huge exhibition... More 

Thank Tony G
Culcheth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

I am a lover of bikes and the exhibition is very good, unfortunately this is the only section available as the whole collection is moving to Kensington. This was not made clear when we bought the tickets so disappointed to find that was the only thing available. Not worth straining yourself to get to.

Thank Giles L

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