London’s Design Museum Draws 100 Thousand Visitors Since its Opening

London’s new Design Museum have already drawn over 100,000 visitors only three weeks since its opening.

London’s new Design Museum, founded by Sir Terence Conran, opened on the 24th of November, allowing the public to see its £85 million modern building on West London’s Kensington High Street.

The museum covers product, industrial, graphic fashion and architectural design for its visitors. It’s also registered as a non-profit company; income from ticket sales helps the museum come up with new exciting exhibitions for its viewers.

Since It’s Opening

The museum has already seen a total of 100,000 visitors since its opening, a surprising turnout, since it was planning on 650,000 in its first 12 months.

It also hit a company record in comparison to the numbers who visited the old museum location near Tower Bridge, which saw around 250,000 visitors a year.

It had originally opened in a former banana-ripening warehouse on Shad Thames in 1989. It had remained in that location until the end of June this year. It had hosted exhibitions dedicated to Christian Louboutin, Paul Smith and Dame Zaha HAdid.

Now its new location is showing even larger success. This is also showing large success and future optimism for nearby shops and businesses from the influx of visitors.

John Pawson, a minimalist designer who aimed for it to be “the world’s leading institution dedicated to contemporary design and architecture”, according to a press release, designed the building.

It has two gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, studios a library, archive, auditorium, a members’ room, learning facility and a restaurant with a spectacular view of Holland Park.

Pawson had started working on the site since 2012. His previous designs include the Sackler Crossing in Kew Gardens and the new Cistercian Monastery of Novy Dvur in Czech Republic.

The museum plans for an exciting new exhibition program for 2017 including displays of unbuilt architecture of Moscow in the 1920s and 1930s and design “for an aging population.”