Top Design Museums

  1. MoMA

    MoMA

    Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.

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  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.

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  3. Guggenheim Museum

    Guggenheim Museum

    An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by experienced docents.

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  4. Design Exchange

    Design Exchange

    The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada's design centre 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.

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  5. SFMOMA

    SFMOMA

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the only museum in the western United States devoted to collecting and exhibiting the full scope of modern and contemporary art.

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  6. Chicago Athenaeum

    Chicago Athenaeum

    The Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of Architecture and Design, appropriately based in the world's first city of modern architecture and design - Chicago. Founded in 1988, the Museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning.

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  7. Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn Museum

    The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Art Institute of Chicago

    Art Institute of Chicago

    The world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago houses both a museum and school. The museum contains more than 300,000 works of art while nearly 3,000 students are enrolled in various undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  10. Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City-The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.

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  11. MOCA

    MOCA

    The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is your source of creativity and inspiration in Los Angeles through innovative exhibitions and programs by significant and compelling contemporary artists. MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues.

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  12. Kunsthaus Zurich

    Kunsthaus Zurich

    Kunsthaus Zurich is one of the most important art museums of the country. The museum was planned by Karl Moser and Robert Curjel, and built and opened in 1910. Kunsthaus Zürich features works from Edvard Munch and Alberto Giacometti. Swiss artists such as Johann Heinrich Füssli, Ferdinand Hodler or from earlier times, Pipilotti Rist and Peter Fischli are represented.

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  13. 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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  14. 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.

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  15. Bauhaus-Archiv

    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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    As one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its renowned collections, acclaimed special exhibitions, and enriching programs, both in person and online.

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  18. MOCA Cleveland

    MOCA Cleveland

    Museum Of Contemporary Art, Cleveland's forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, pushing the boundaries of innovation, creativity and expression.

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  19. Whitney Museum of American Art

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    The Whitney Museum houses one of the world's foremost collections of twentieth-century American art. The Permanent Collection of some 12,000 works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs-and is still growing.

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  20. The British Museum

    The British Museum

    The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history.

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  21. Istanbul Modern

    Istanbul Modern

    In line with its mission of being "a living museum that embraces the public", Istanbul Modern will be an institution of culture and learning. Istanbul Modern's goal is to attract one million visitors each year and to contribute to efforts to make Istanbul a cultural capital of Europe. In its first year alone, the museum aims to provide art education workshops to 20 thousand primary school students.

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  22. Museum of Craft and Design

    Museum of Craft and Design

    The Museum of Craft and Design features innovative exhibitions and programs to thousands of visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond. The Museum strives to encourage greater awareness and appreciation of the international scope of craft and design to audiences of all ages through innovative exhibitions and related educational programming.

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  23. CCA

    CCA

    The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) was founded in 1979 as a new form of cultural institution to build public awareness of the role of architecture in society, promote scholarly research in the field, and stimulate innovation in design practice. The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded on the conviction that architecture is a public concern.

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  24. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.

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  25. Barbican

    Barbican

    Open 363 days a year, the Barbican presents a uniquely diverse programme of world-class performing and visual arts, encompassing all forms of classical and contemporary music, international theatre and dance, visual arts and design, and a cinema programme which blends first-run films with special themed seasons.

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