Self-guided visits for learning groups

The Design Museum welcomes schools, colleges and universities for self-guided visits of one of the opening exhibitions. Here is everything you need to know to plan an inspiring self-guided visit to museum.

Available Exhibitions

What is there to see?

The Design Museum has three exhibitions available for self-guided visits - Designer Maker User, Hope to Nope: Graphics and politics 2008-18 and Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier.

Designer Maker User is a free exhibition (bookable for learning groups) that tells the story of contemporary design. Entry times are available each hour from 10.00-16.00. This may take up to 60 minutes to see as a group.

Hope to Nope and Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier are paid temporary exhibitions and we advise that it may take up to 60 minutes to view each as a group. Entry times are offered every 30 minutes from 10.00 - 16.00.

Please allow 60 minutes to view each exhibition and choose your time slots carefully to prevent any clashes. You may wish to also factor in a break for your group if you are coming to see multiple exhibitions during your visit.

Designer Maker User

Free Display: For the first time in the museum’s history it will have a free permanent display of its collection: Designer Maker User tells the story of contemporary design through these three interconnected roles.

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18

Discover how graphic design has played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Celebrate the timeless beauty of the female form with thirty-five years of haute couture from Azzedine Alaïa, and discover the mastery of cut, tailoring, fit, innovative form and materials behind the designer's unique creations.

Beazley Designs of the Year 2018

Discover this year’s top picks of some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designs from the past 12 months, across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design.

Home Futures

Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

Booking information

Self-guided visits to Designer Maker User are free of charge, however booking is required.

Self-guided visits to temporary exhibitions: £3 per student for primary, secondary, further education and colleges £5 per student for universities £7 per student for all overseas students

Teachers and tutors are free on a ratio of 1:10 students. Any additional teachers will be charged the standard adult rate.

Paying self-guided visit cancellations need to be made in writing and 28 days/20 working days prior to a visit at the museum.

Important information

Teacher student ratio

We ask that one teacher is present for every ten students. Please note that failure to comply with this request may result in admission being refused.

Opening times

The Design Museum is open daily (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10:00 to 18:00 – last entry 17:00.


The museum is fully accessible via wheelchair with lifts operating across all floors inside the premises. Unfortunately there is no parking provision on site for Blue Badge holders. However, please do consult the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website for local parking bays.

Preliminary planning visit

We strongly recommend that teachers come for a preliminary visit to familiarise themselves with the museum and surrounding area. Please familiarise yourself with the Risk Identification.

On the day of your visit

Getting here

The Design Museum has good public transport links via the underground, rail and bus. Due to limited space available in the local area for coaches, we recommend using public transport for your visit. Schools in the Greater London Area can apply for free transport when making visits to museums.

Arriving at the museum

Please enter the museum by the main entrance on Kensington High Street. We ask that lead teacher or tutor contact the admissions desk on arrival – please leave students with additional teachers in the Atrium.

Lunch and breaks

There is a common room onsite for students to have lunch – this must be booked in advance. Please ensure the room is clean and all food waste in the bin before leaving.

Supervision and conduct

Teachers and accompanying adults are required to supervise students at all times while at the Design Museum. Please read the terms and conditions for guidance.


Please ask your students to keep their bags and coats with them at all times. Items are left entirely at the risk of the visitor. Bags left unattended will be treated as a security risk. Bags may be subject to searches from the Design Museum staff.

Get in touch

The Bookings Office can be contacted Monday to Friday (10:00 - 17:00) on +44 20 3862 5937 or contact via the online enquiry form.