Culture Vulture: The World’s Best Design Museums

For inspiration and relaxation, nothing beats a leisurely stroll around a design museum. From classic to quirky, here is our guide to the best international design museums around the globe for all your Culture Vultures:
1. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Frank Gehry designed the striking white, deconstructivist building, itself a reason to visit. Its collection takes in modern furniture design from the nineteenth century onwards.


Culture Vulture - Vitra Design Museum
Vitre Design Museum designed by Frank Gehry

2. Design Museum, London
2014 is the 25th birthday of the Design Museum. Founded by Terence Conran, its galleries celebrate the talent of the world’s best designers and architects.

Culture Vultures - Design Museum London
Design Museum London on the banks of the River Thames

3. The Bauhaus Archives, Berlin
The museum itself is designed by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture.

Culture Vulture - Bauhaus Archive Museum
Bauhaus Archive Museum a stunning piece of architecture

4. Design Museum, Helsinki
Its impressive collection features over 75,000 objects from the fields of industrial, fashion and graphic design.
Culture Vulture - Helsinki Design Museum
Interior of the Helsinki Design Museum

5. The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Contemporary art and design are showcased in two buildings, one old and one modern, interconnected by an enclosed yellow “tube” containing two escalators.


Culture Vulture - Design Museum Amsterdam
Escalators in Yellow Tubes, Design Museum in Amsterdam
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Stedelijk Museum the new Wing in Amsterdam
6. Design museum, Copenhagen
Specialising in Scandinavian design, it has fascinating collections of label designs and packaging.

Culture Vulture - Design Museum Copenhagen
Interior space in Design Museum Copenhagen

7. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, New York (National Design Museum)
Founded in 1897 as part of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, today it’s exhibitions include more than 217,000 design objects and a design library boasting more than 80,000 volumes.

Culture Vulture - New York
Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, New York (National Design Museum)
8. MoMA, New York
The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the leading museum of modern art in the world. It is included in this list because bound in to its ethos is that modern art involves all forms of visual expression, including architecture and design.


Culture Vulture - Moma New York
MOMA sign in New York

9. The Geffrye Museum, London
Immerse yourself in over 400 years of history of the home, and understand how homes and gardens reflect changes in society, style and taste.

Geffrye Museum London
Geffrye Museum London
10. Korea Furniture Museum, Seoul
This exclusive, appointment-only museum rotates its collection of 1392-1910 furniture into houses that accurately depict the styles of each era. Stunning views of the city from its mountain top location.

Culture Vulture - Korean Furniture Museum
Korea Furniture Museum housed in a typically Korean building

Hope our guide has helped and inspired!

The Team at Cimmermann

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