Design Museums

  1. Cooper Hewitt

    Cooper Hewitt

    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming.

  2. Victoria and Albert Museum

    Victoria and Albert Museum

    Victoria and Albert Museum enables everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them, and to inspire those who shape contemporary design.

  3. Design Exchange

    Design Exchange

    The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada's design center and museum with a mission to promote the value of design. We are an internationally recognized non-profit educational organization committed to promoting greater awareness of design as well as the indispensable role it plays in fostering economic growth and cultural vitality.

  4. Museum of Arts and Design

    Museum of Arts and Design

    The Museum of Arts & Design collects, displays, and interprets objects in ceramic, glass, fiber metal and wood that honor innovation in art, craft and design. The Museum embraces rapid changes in the decorative and design arts, celebrating design as the process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance our lives.

  5. Design Museum Holon

    Design Museum Holon

    Design Museum Holon is a vital and dynamic resource for designers, students, creative industries and the general public. Each year the Museum presents an exciting and varied program of exhibitions and events each dedicated to helping visitors gain a deeper understanding of design and the role it plays in our lives.

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    Triennale di Milano

    Since 1923 La Triennale is an international institution which organises exhibitions and conferences about arts, design, architecture, fashion, cinema.

  7. New Museum

    New Museum

    The New Museum, founded in 1977, is the premier contemporary art museum in New York City and among the most important internationally. The Museum exhibits innovative contemporary art from around the world, and offers public programs, a unique bookstore, and an extensive web site.

  8. Bauhaus-Archiv


    The Bauhaus-Archiv is devoted to the research and presentation of the history and influence of the Bauhaus. It is the most complete existing collection focused on the history of the school and all aspects of its work and is accessible to all.

  9. Vitra Design Museum

    Vitra Design Museum

    The inception of the Vitra Design Museum dates back to the early 1980s. With the aim of documenting the history of the Vitra company, Vitra CEO Rolf Fehlbaum began collecting the furniture of designers who had influenced the company's development, such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, and Jean Prouve. As the collection grew, so did the desire for an architectural venue in which the objects could be displayed. Today, the Vitra Design Museum is internationally active as a cultural institution that has made a major contribution to the research and popular dissemination of design.

  10. Museum of Design in Plastics

    Museum of Design in Plastics

    The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) is the only accredited museum in the UK with a focus on plastics. It is the UK's leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics and a specialist research resource within the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).

  11. Museum of Design Atlanta

    Museum of Design Atlanta

    MODA's mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages.

  12. Museum of California Design

    Museum of California Design

    Founded in 1999 by Bill Stern and a group of like-minded Angelenos, the Museum of California Design is the only organization exclusively dedicated to exhibitions that document the full range of California's exceptional creativity in commercial design. In addition to its critically acclaimed exhibitions, each year the Museum singles out a California individual or company for their often underrecognized contributions to American design and presents them with their Henry Award, which was designed by Charles Hollis Jones.

  13. MoMu


    MoMu (Mode Museum) is the fashion museum of the Province of Antwerp, Belgium. Founded in 2002, the museum collects, conserves, studies and exhibit Belgian fashion.

  14. Design Museum Gent

    Design Museum Gent

    The Design museum Gent is a cultural institution of the City of Gent. The Design museum Gent is unique in Belgium. The accent in the collections and exhibitions lies on 20th century and actual design.

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    Danish Museum of Art and Design

    The Danish Museum of Art & Design is one of Scandinavia's central exhibition forums for Danish and international industrial design, decorative and applied arts. The museum's collections, library and archives constitute a central resource centre for the study of design and its history in Denmark.

  16. Designmuseo


    Designmuseo is a specialist museum in Finland that selects and maintains a versatile design collection, around 75.000 objects. The museum is responsible for research and documentation in its field, and for holding exhibitions on design history and contemporary themes.

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    Museum of Architecture and Design

    The Museum of Architecture and Design is a national Slovene organization for the architecture, industrial design, visual communication and photography. MAO systematically collects, stores and studies materials related to these fields of activity and displays them in temporary and permanent exhibitions, making it possible for visitors to understand the past and the future of architecture, design and photography.

  18. Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design

    Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design

    The Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design hosts a collection of the world's best stuff. Our collection represents a lifetime of appreciation for and devotion to good design, displaying the best designed and most artistic manufactured objects.

  19. Design Museum of Chicago

    Design Museum of Chicago

    The Design Museum of Chicago educates, inspires, and fosters innovation through design and exists to change how people, their families, and communities experience and engage with the world by making design approachable. We accomplish this by celebrating the breadth of design, creators, and disciplines; contextualizing the significance of design; and connecting diverse cultures and perspectives in the community with the design ecosystem. Our work is approachable, collaborative, passionate, surprising, and clever.

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    UCDavis Design Museum

    The Design Museum is known for its changing exhibitions of national and international design-related material, including architecture, costume, graphic design, textiles, new media, and popular culture that reflect the multifaceted and global aspects of design. Dedicated to furthering our understanding of design and the contributions design makes to shaping our experiences, environment and culture, the museum also serves as a laboratory for experimental design installation, interpretation and practice.

  21. Museum of Bags and Purses

    Museum of Bags & Purses

    The Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam has a collection of more than 5,000 bags that tell a story about fashion, art, customs and history. The museum is considered one of the 10 leading fashion museums of the world and possesses historic items dating from the 15th century to the timeless classics of modern design.

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    Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

    The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich is Switzerland's leading design and visual communication museum. The main thematic areas are design, visual communication and architecture. In its visual archives the museum preserves objects of international importance: the Design Collection, the Graphics Collection, the Applied Art Collection and the Poster Collection are rich in milestones of technical and aesthetic development since the start of industrialization.