- London's Design Museum is open to the public under the new government guidelines for businesses, however some of its events may not be running as normal.
- Step into the world of modern art at the Design Museum with its wide array of art exhibitions that change throughout the year.
- Sign up for a talk or a specialist lecture to further your understanding of different creative processes.
- Let your kids get in touch with their creative side by enrolling them in one of the Museum's hands-on events.
If you’re looking for a great modern art museum to visit with the children, the Design Museum in London has so much on offer for people of all ages and interests. The new location in Kensington offers much more than just stunning architecture and a larger space for visitors than the previous site at Shad Thames. Its amazing permanent and temporary exhibitions held here are all based on intriguing topics. From the history of the design behind some of the most iconic inventions of this century, to the making of hand sanitiser bottles, there is always something unique and interesting to learn about. The engaging interactive displays and additional workshops is what makes the Design Museum one of the best museums in London for families.
The Design Museum has a brilliant permanent fixture on view for the public. The Designer Maker User exhibition brings the viewer through time in an educational display about the design of some of the most monumental inventions of the last century. From the MacBook to the bicycle, the design of these things has influenced our lives in ways that we don’t even realise, and kids will love uncovering the secrets behind them and realising just how prominent the art of design has become in daily life.
As well as this incredible permanent fixture, the Museum always runs temporary exhibitions throughout the year that cover a wide range of topics and themes, from displays that explore the idea of moving to Mars, to exhibitions about Stanley Kubrick’s filmmaking process, the evolution of dance music and everything in between. There is bound to be something to see here that everyone in the family will find enjoyable.
In addition, the Design Museum holds workshops and lectures for those who want to further their learning into the creative practice of design. With experts in unusual fields of study giving regularly scheduled talks, there is sure to be something that takes your fancy. The Design Museum also offers the occasional talk and course online so that everyone can benefit from some learning without even stepping foot into the museum.
Inspire creativity in your younger kids with the Create and Make workshop; children aged 5-11 will love any excuse to make a mess and express themselves through different art mediums. For teens and tweens who have a passion for making things, check out the Young Creatives programme. Here, older children will learn different creative techniques and how to apply them in the real world. The Museum's wide range of activities means that children of any age will find something to enjoy!
There is also a Design Museum Shop on site for anyone who is interested in bringing a piece of the museum home. Here they sell fun items that relate to the exhibitions such as books, music and unique decorative pieces that will bring a special flair to any home.
What to know before you go
- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Design Museum asks for visitors to book their exhibition tickets online in order to comply with the government guidelines. Some of the facilities such as workshops and talks are currently suspended, however in the meantime why not check out the online lectures and activities posted on their website? There are some great free classes available for the public online.
- Lots of the exhibitions are free of charge, however there is an admission fee for others.
- The Design Museum Café is located within the museum and drinking water is available for visitors at no extra fee.
- There is a brand new exhibition shop on site that sells artistic gifts, children’s books and unique souvenirs. They also have a click-and-collect scheme so you can order something online and collect it in person when you visit the museum.
- Toilets, including wheelchair accessible toilets, and baby-changing facilities are available inside the museum.
- The entire museum is fully wheelchair accessible, with lifts and level access. Guide dogs are also welcome.
- The museum offers multi-sensory and British Sign Language tours around the exhibitions for hard of hearing and blind visitors, please email the museum for more information on availability.
- The Design Museum’s address is 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG, about 3.5 miles from central London.
- The closest Tube stations are Kensington High Street, Holland Park, Earl’s Court and South Kensington.
- By train the closest station is Kensington Olympia.
- If you’re travelling by bus the routes that stop near the museum are the 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, C1.
- There are no car parking facilities on site, however there are many pay-and-display areas around the grounds.
- Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.
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