Design Museums

A selection of design museums and museums with design collections, organized by state and country.

Design Museums in New York

The Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design and Culture

18 West 86th Street
New York
[bgc.bard.edu/exhibit/index.shtml]

Mostly known as a graduate institution affiliated with Bard College, the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design and Culture presents two to three exhibitions annually devoted to decorative arts and design. In addition, BGC maintains a 40,000-volume research library on all aspects of the decorative arts, design, cultural history, garden and landscape history, and related disciplines. They also hold an extensive collection of periodicals, slides, and videotapes.

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum

2 East 91st Street
New York
[cooperhewitt.org]

Founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah Hewitt—granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper—and accommodated by the Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City, the Cooper-Hewitt is devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design collection includes more than 160,000 works created between the Renaissance and the present (all related to the history of European and American art and design); The Product Design and Decorative Arts collection houses some 40,000 3-D objects dating from antiquity to the 21st century; the Textiles department is home to more than 30,000 woven and non-woven works, and, with10,000-odd wallcoverings in their custody, the Cooper-Hewitt has the largest wallpaper collection in the United States. Their design library contains more than 70,000 volumes (books, periodicals, catalogs, and trade literature dating from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries), an archive of photographs, correspondence, promotional material, drawings and writings of American designers, a 6,500-volume rare book collection and more. Each year, the Cooper-Hewitt hosts the National Design Awards, an event conceived in 1997 to honor the best in American design. Today ten prizes are given: those for best in Architecture Design, a Special Jury Commendation and a Lifetime Achievement award are just a few.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue
New York
[metmuseum.org]

Even though the Met’s primary focus is art, a significant proportion of its holdings is devoted to design. The collection of American decorative arts extends in date from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century and includes approximately 12,000 examples of furniture, silver, glass, pewter, ceramics, and textiles, while the Costume Institute houses a collection of more than 30,000 costumes and accessories spanning five continents and as many centuries.

Museum of Arts and Design

40 West 53rd Street
New York
[madmuseum.org]

For nearly 50 years, the Museum of Arts & Design has been a leading American institution dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary objects created in clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber. The Museum explores materials and methods used by contemporary practitioners in the fields of craft, art and design, as well as architecture, fashion, interior design, technology and performing arts.

The Museum at FIT

Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue
New York
[fitnyc.edu]

Founded in 1967 to support educational programs at the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Museum at FIT is now a valuable NYC establishment dedicated to the art of fashion. Well known for its innovative exhibitions, the museum also holds an important collection of fashion and textiles, which it collects, conserves, documents and displays.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

11 West 53rd Street
New York
[moma.org]

The Museum of Modern Art was the first museum in the world to house a curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. From its inception, in 1932, the collection has been built on the recognition that architecture and design are allied and interdependent arts. Including 28,000 works ranging from large-scale design objects to works on paper and architectural models, the Museum’s Architecture and Design collection surveys major figures and movements from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Starting with the reform ideology established by the Arts and Crafts movement, the collection covers major movements of the twentieth century and contemporary issues. The architecture collection documents buildings through models, drawings, and photographs, and includes the Mies van der Rohe Archive. The design collection comprises thousands of objects, ranging from appliances, furniture, and tableware to tools, textiles, sports cars—even a helicopter. The graphic design collection includes noteworthy examples of typography, posters, and other combinations of text and image.

The Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard
New York
[noguchi.org]

Founded by Isamu Noguchi in 1985, The Noguchi Museum presents a wide-ranging collection of the artist’s works in clay metal, wood and stone, as well as models for public gardens, dance sets, and light sculptures. The Museum encompasses thirteen galleries within a converted factory building, encircled by a garden containing large-scale granite and basalt sculptures.

Design Museums Elsewhere in the United States

CALIFORNIA

Architecture and Design Museum

5900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
[aplusd.org/v3]

The Craft and Folk Art Museum

5814 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
[cafam.org]

Design Museum at the University of California

University of California, 145 Walker Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis
[designmuseum.ucdavis.edu]

Materials and Application

1619 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles
[emanate.org]

The Mingei International Museum

1439 El Prado (Plaza de Panama)
San Diego
[mingei.org]

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art

51 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco
[mocfa.org]

The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design

550 Sutter Street
[sfmcd.com]

FLORIDA

The Wolfsonian-FIU

1001 Washington Ave
Miami Beach
[wolfsonian.fiu.edu]

GEORGIA

Museum of Design

285 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta
[museumofdesign.org]

ILLINOIS

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

Chicago
[chi-athenaeum.org]

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Museum of Art Crafts

715 West Main Street
Louisville
[kentuckycrafts.org]

MINNESOTA

Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota

241 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul
[cdes.umn.edu]

PENNSYLVANIA

The Knoll Museum

East Greenville
[knoll.com/museum]

The Philadelphia Design Center

Philadelphia University, Goldie Paley House
4200 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia
[philau.edu/designcenter]

WISCONSIN

The Eisner American Museum of Advertising and Design

208 N. Water Street
Milwaukee
[eisnermuseum.org]

Hamilton Wood Type Museum

1619 Jefferson Street
Two Rivers
[woodtype.org]

The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Museum

Milwaukee
[miad.edu]

Design Museums Outside of America

AUSTRIA

Museum of Applied Art (MAK)

Vienna
[mak.at]

BELGIUM

Gent Design Museum

[design.museum.gent.be]

CANADA

The Design Exchange

Toronto
[designexchange.org]

DENMARK

Danish Museum of Art and Design

Copenhagen
[kunstindustrimuseet.dk]

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Tallinn
[etdm.ee/en]

FINLAND

Design Museum

Helsinki
[designmuseum.fi]

FRANCE

The Graphic Design Center

Echirolles
[graphisme-echirolles.com]

The Museum of Decorative Arts

Paris
[lesartsdecoratifs.fr]

GERMANY

Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design

Berlin
[bauhaus.de/english]

Museum of Applied Art (Kunstgewerbemuseum)

Berlin
[smb.spk-berlin.de]

Museum of Applied Arts

Frankfurt
[druckkunst-museum.de]

Museum of the Printing Arts

Leipzig
[rma.de]

Red Dot Museum

Essen
[red-dot.de]

Vitra Design Museum

Weil Am Rhein
[design-museum.de]

ITALY

The Triennial Design Museum

Milan
[triennale.it]

The Typotheque Museum

Cornuda
[tipoteca.it]

KOREA

Hangaram Design Museum

Seoul
[designgallery.or.kr]

THE NETHERLANDS

Dutch Poster Museum

Hoorn
[affichemuseum.nl]

Museum of the Book

The Hague
[meermanno.nl]

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand Museum Te Papa Tongarewa

Wellington
[tepapa.govt.nz]

NORWAY

West Norway Museum of Decorative Art

Bergen
[vk.museum.no]

SINGAPORE

Red Dot Museum

Singapore
[red-dot.de]

SWEDEN

Rohsska Museum of Design and Decorative Arts

Gothenburg
[designmuseum.se]

SWITZERLAND

Architecture Gallery

Lucerne
[architekturgalerie.ch]

Museum of Design

Zurich
[museum-gestaltung.ch]

Swiss Architecture Museum

Basel
[sam-basel.org]

UNITED KINGDOM

Design Museum

London
[designmuseum.org]

The Geffrye Museum

London
[geffrye-museum.org.uk]

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

London
[museumofbrands.com]

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Middlesex University

London
[moda.mdx.ac.uk]

The National Center for Craft and Design

[thehubcentre.org]

The Type Museum

London
[typemuseum.org]

The Victoria & Albert Museum

London
[vam.ac.uk]

William Morris Gallery

London
[walthamforest.gov.uk]


Museums with Design Departments

CALIFORNIA

American Museum of Ceramic Art

Pomona
[ceramicmuseum.org]

The Getty Museum

Los Angeles
[getty.edu/museum]

The Long Beach Museum of Art

Long Beach
[lbma.org]

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles
[lacma.org]

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Los Angeles
[moca.org]

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco
[sfmoma.org]

COLORADO

Denver Art Museum

Denver
[denverartmuseum.org/home]

DELAWARE

The Winterthur Museum and Country Estate

Route 52
Winterthur
[winterthur.org]

FLORIDA

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Winter Park
[http://209.26.252.44]

ILLINOIS

Art Institute of Chicago Museum

Chicago
[artic.edu/aic]

MICHIGAN

Cranbrook Art Museum

Bloomfield Hills
[cranbrookart.edu/museum]

DeVos Art Museum Northern Michigan University

Marquette
[art.nmu.edu]

MINNESOTA

Walker Art Center

Minneapolis
[walkerart.org/index.wac]

The Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis
[artsmia.org]

NORTH CAROLINA

Mint Museum of Craft and Design

Charlotte
[themintmuseums.org]

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)

Salem
[oldsalem.org]

OHIO

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati
[cincinnatiartmuseum.org]

OKLAHOMA

Price Tower Art Center

Bartlesville
[pricetower.org/collections]

PENNSYLVANIA

Carnegie Museum of Art

Pittsburgh
[cmoa.org]

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Providence
[risd.edu/museum.cfm]

TENNESSEE

Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville
[knoxart.org/museuminfo]

WISCONSIN

Milwaukee Art Museum

700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee
[mam.org]

AUSTRALIA

The Powerhouse Museum

Sydney
[powerhousemuseum.com]

BELGIUM

MoMu Museum

Antwerp
[momu.be]

Museum Plantin-Moretus/Print Room

Antwerp
[museum.antwerpen.be]

BRAZIL

Museum of the Brazilian Home

Sao Paolo
[mcb.sp.gov.br]

CANADA

Canadian Centre for Architecture

Montreal
[cca.qc.ca]

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Montreal
[mbam.qc.ca]

FRANCE

National Museum of Art, Center for Industrial Creation, Georges Pompidou Center

Paris
[museums-of-paris.com]

NORWAY

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

Oslo
[nationalmuseum.no]

POLAND

Manggha, Center of Japanese Art & Technology

Krakow
[manggha.krakow.pl]

Museum of Cartoon & Caricature

Warsaw
[muzeumkarykatury.pl]

UNITED KINGDOM

The Foundling Museum

London
[foundlingmuseum.org.uk]

Horniman Museum

London

[horniman.ac.uk]

Imperial War Museum Collection of Posters

London
[iwm.org.uk]

The London Transport Museum, Design Gallery

London
[ltmuseum.co.uk]

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood

London
[vam.ac.uk/moc/collections]

Museum of London

London
[museumoflondon.org.uk]

The St. Bride Library

London
[stbride.org]

Science Museum

London
[sciencemuseum.org.uk]

Sir John Soane’s Museum

London
[soane.org]

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