Around the World in 80 Design Museums

Design Museums

A design museum is a museum with a focus on product, industrial, graphic, fashion, and architectural design.

Many design museums were founded as museums for applied arts or decorative arts and started only in the late 20th century to collect design. The first museum of this kind was the Victoria and Albert Museum in London followed by the Deutsches-Gewerbe-Museum zu Berlin (now Kunstgewerbemuseum), founded in 1868 in Berlin.

In this article, we’ve gathered 80 of the best design museum from around the world. We start our round trip in London.

1. V&A | Victoria And Albert Museum, London, UK


2. The Design Museum, London, UK

The Design Museum

3. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

De La Warr Pavilion

4. Pompidou Centre | Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Centre Georges Pompidou

5. Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, France

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

6. MAAT | Museum Art Architecture Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

Museum Art Architecture Technology

7. MUDE | Museu do Design e da Moda, Lisbon, Portugal

Museu do Design e da Moda

8. DHUB | Design Museum of Barcelona, Spain

Design Museum of Barcelona

9. Gaudí Centre, Reus, Spain

Gaudí Centre

10. MAXXI | Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo

11. Studio-Museo Achille Castiglioni, Milan, Italy

Studio-Museo Achille Castiglioni

12. Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

Triennale di Milano

13. Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland

Kunsthaus Zürich

14. Mudac | Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts

15. Mudam Luxembourg

Mudam Luxembourg

16. Design Museum Gent, Belgium

Design Museum Gent

17. SONS | Shoes or no Shoes? Kruishoutem, Belgium

Shoes or no Shoes?

18. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, the Netherlands

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

19. Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Het Nieuwe Instituut

20. MOTI | Stedelijk Museum Breda, The Netherlands

Stedelijk Museum Breda

21. Designmuseum Danmark

Designmuseum Danmark

22. Nasjonalmuseet | National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway

National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

23. Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden


24. Design Museum Helsinki, Finland

Design Museum Helsinki

25. Stieglitz Museum of Applied Arts, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Stieglitz Museum of Applied Arts

26. ETDM | Estonian Museum Of Applied Art And Design, Estonia

Estonian Museum Of Applied Art And Design

27. LNMM | Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

28. Muzeum | Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

Museum of Modern Art

29. DOX | Centre For Contemporary Design, Prague, Czech Republic

Centre For Contemporary Design

30. UPM | Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic

Museum of Decorative Arts

31. Bauhaus Archiv | Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin, Germany

Museum für Gestaltung

32. Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Pinakothek der Moderne

33. Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

Museum Angewandte Kunst

34. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Vitra Design Museum

35. MAK | Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria

Museum for Applied Arts

36. IMM | Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary

Museum of Applied Arts

37. VAM | Vam Design Center, Budapest, Hungary

Vam Design Center

38. MAO | Museum of architecture and design, Slovenia

Museum of architecture and design

39. MU | Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, Croatia

Museum of Arts and Crafts

40. Ars Aevi | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ars Aevi

41. MPU | Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

Museum of Applied Arts

41. Istanbul Design Center, Turkey

Istanbul Design Center

42. DMH | Design Museum Holon, Israel

Design Museum Holon

43. TAM | Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

44. GEM | Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt

Grand Egyptian Museum

45. MOAD | Museum of African Design, Johannesburg, South Africa

Museum of African Design

46. Design Museum Dharavi, India

Design Museum Dharavi

47. MAIIAM | Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Contemporary Art Museum

48. OCT | Design Museum, Shenzhen, China

Design Museum

49. M+ | museum Hong Kong, China

M+ contemporary art museum, scheduled to open in Hong Kong in 2019

50. aA | design museum, Seoul, South Korea

aA | design museum

51. IdcN | International Design Centre Nagoya, Japan

International Design Centre

52. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Mori Art Museum

53. MOMAK | National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

National Museum of Modern Art

54. TDM | Taiwan Design Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan Design Museum

55. ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

ArtScience Museum

56. Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore

Red Dot Design Museum

57. National Gallery of Indonesia

National Gallery of Indonesia

58. ADC | Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst, Australia

Australian Design Centre

59. MAAS | Museum for Applied Arts & Science / Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia

Museum for Applied Arts & Science

60. MAC | Museo de Arte Contemperaneó Santiago, Chile

Museo de Arte Contemperaneó Santiago

61. MAM | Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna

62. MIS | Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil

Museum of Image and Sound

63. MAC | Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

64. MUMEDI | Museo Mexicano de Deseño, Mexico

Museo Mexicano de Deseño

65. A+D | Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Architecture and Design Museum

66. MOCA | Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art

67. SFMOMA | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

68. SFMCD | Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA, USA

Museum of Craft and Design

69. MCADENVER | Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

70. ChiDM | Chicago Design Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago Design Museum

71. Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City, NY, USA

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum

72. Guggenheim | Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, USA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

73. MAD | Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, USA

Museum of Arts and Design

74. MoMA | Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

Museum of Modern Art

75. New Museum, New York, NY, USA

New Museum

76. DX | Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada

Design Exchange

77. CCA | Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada

Canadian Centre for Architecture

78. Museum Of Design And Applied Art, Garðabær, Iceland

Museum Of Design And Applied Art

79. IMMA | Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Irish Museum of Modern Art

…and back to London! Phew!

80. TATE Modern, London, UK

TATE Modern