Address: 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD


Time: 10.00am to 5.45pm

Phone: 0207 403 6933

Entry Price: £13.00 for adults

1100m from London Bridge

1100m from Bermondsey

The Design Museum has a name that describes its function perfectly and was first opened in 1989. It lies on the south bank of the Thames to the east of Tower Bridge.

It’s located in a restructured former banana warehouse and was designed by the Conran Group with famed design guru Sir Terence Conran being a driving force as well as a substantial benefactor. Unlike other London museums that are funded by the Arts Council the Design Museum receives no funding which means it needs to charge an entrance fee.

The exhibition is on two floors and displays include all manner of design related objects. The displays change frequently and include furniture, fashion, cars, jewellery, ornaments, art, sports, technology, products, machinery, appliances, graphics, etc etc. The main displays are on the first floor and by modern standards, the museum is felt to be compact. On the waterfront outside is a ‘Design Tank’, a large glass container that holds a changing exhibit.

The museum has a strong educational theme with talks, events and programmes on offer and is seen as inspiration and a reference point for designers of both now and of the future.

The current site is felt to be a slight outpost from the Kensington area which houses many of the great London Museums. With this in mind plans are in place to relocate. In November 2015 it will move to the former Commonwealth Institute building on Kensington High Street which will be an £80m development with £17.5m borne by Sir Terence Conran.

The museum currently attracts 200,000 visitors a year.
The images below form only part of the exhibits on show and displays can often change.

Click on the pics below for an enlarged view and use the arrow towards the right edge of each pic to go on to the next.