The Design Museum
The Conran Foundation
Building a legacy
The original Design Museum in Butler’s Wharf was the first museum in the world devoted exclusively to 20th and 21st century design.
Originally a banana warehouse in the 1940s, the site sits on the south bank of the River Thames in the iconic Shad Thames.

The warehouse underwent a radical reconstruction, converting it to a more modernist style. Its gleaming white render, crisp lines and understated detailing paid tribute to the Bauhaus legacy. The museum, which opened in 1989, included two floors of galleries, a café and shop, along with Blueprint Café on the first floor.
The museum attracted millions of visitors, winning international acclaim for its ground-breaking exhibition and education programmes.

In 2011 an exhibition which documented the career of Sir Terence Conran was displayed at the museum, snippets of which can be seen in these images.

In response to its ever-growing popularity, The Design Museum moved to a bigger site in Kensington High Street in 2016. To this day, the Design Museum remains the world's leading museum for contemporary architecture and design.
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