The Story of the Design Museum
Learn more about the Design Museum's three-decades journey.
The Design Museum has preserved 10 historic items from the former Commonwealth Institute building. An information panel is located next to each item, and together they form a trail which tells the story of the building. There are three trail points outside the building and seven trail points inside. When you visit, make sure to look for the silver plaques around the building. Ask a member of staff if you need any assistance or download a digital file with information about the historical points below.
The publication charts the history of the Design Museum from the 1980s to the present day – from twenty-five years of groundbreaking exhibitions at its former home in Shad Thames to the future in its spectacular new home in a landmark 1960s architectural icon in Kensington.