Record visitor numbers for the Design Museum

Record visitor numbers for the Design Museum

In its first year in its new Kensington home, London's Design Museum has had nearly 800,000 visitors. Proof, it says, that interest in design is growing all the time

The Design Museum opened at its new home on Kensington High Street in west London on 24 November 2016 and to date more than 780,000 people have passed through its doors to enjoy its many and varied exhibitions

The Design Museum in London celebrates the anniversary of its first year in Kensington with the highest visitor numbers in its history - more than 780,000. 
 
The figure eclipses the museum’s target of 650,000 for the opening year and is a six-fold increase on visitors compared to the final year of the museum in its former home on the other side of town at Shad Thames.
 
The Design Museum's new home has given it triple the amount of space it had previously. With 10,000sqm to play with, it's been able to open Designer Maker User, a permanent display introducing visitors to contemporary design. The museum also houses two temporary exhibition galleries, a 210-seat auditorium, a library, restaurant and learning spaces.
 
Inside the Design Museum's new 10,000 m2 home - pale wood dominates the spaces
Fibre Market by Christien Meindertsma
Critically acclaimed exhibitions over the past 12 months include Fear and LoveImagine MoscowArchitecture, Propaganda, Revolution; California: Designing FreedomBreathing Colour by Hella JongeriusBeazley Designs of the Year 2017 and the recently opened Ferrari: Under the Skin, as well as a number of successful pop-up displays.  
 
Alice Black, the museum's co-director, says this has been a memorable period: 'We closed the doors to our former home on the 30 June 2016 and opened in our new home on 24 November 2016. We have opened 17 exhibitions and displays in our new home and welcomed nearly 800,000 people into the building. This is a great vote of confidence by the public, which shows that there is a significant interest in design and architecture and in the work of the museum. 
 
The Design Museum has also won accolades including a RIBA London Award, AJ Retrofit Award, a commendation in the NLA Awards, the Structural Transformation award by the Institute of Structural Engineers and was awarded the Best New Museum and Leading Cultural Destination of 2017 as part of the global LCD Awards. 
 
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