Although museums have been around for centuries, few focused entirely on design. But luckily for us, times have changed. For design enthusiasts, beginning in the late 21st century, institutions began to focus specifically on design. And while many museums are dedicated to the industry, some stand out above the rest. As such, we’ve put together this list of 10 fantastic design museums to add to your must-visit list.

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The Design Museum


Founded as an independent institution in 1989 by designer and restorer Terence Conran, the Design Museum London has positioned itself as the world’s premier museum of 20th and 21st century design, architecture and fashion. The museum was originally housed in a converted 1940s banana warehouse, but in 2016 moved to the vacant Commonwealth Institute building where it currently resides.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

New York City

Located just steps from Central Park, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is one of the most important museums in the United States dedicated to the history of design. Moreover, it is the only museum in the country devoted exclusively to modern and historical design. Founded by the Hewitt sisters, two American art advocates, as the Cooper Union Museum for the Decorative Arts, it currently has an impressive permanent collection of over 200,000 objects spanning over 30 centuries of history.


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