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New Design Museum site opens for tours

  • Date: 2 September 2011
  • Area: London
White building on the Thames

The Design Museum is set to move from its current Tower Bridge venue to High Street Kensington. Credit: Andy Butterton (PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Members of the public will have their final chance to tour the former Commonwealth Institute building in London this month before it is rebuilt to house the Design Museum.

The site on Kensington High Street will be open to the public on 17 and 18 September as part of London's Open House weekend.

The 1960s building is then due to be closed for construction work before re-opening as the new Design Museum in 2014.

The move will see the museum join other attractions in Kensington's cultural quarter including the V&A, the Science Museum and the Royal College of Art.

Organisers say relocating the museum from its current site at Tower Bridge will triple the space available for its world-class collection, helping it become a national platform for the promotion of design.

They also hope to nurture future generations of creative talent through the expansion of the museum's education and public events programme.

Museum Director Deyan Sudjic said: 'Lord Cunliffe's original design epitomised Britain's worldwide cultural heritage, and an age of experimentation. The aim is to allow the museum to realise its potential as a world class centre for design, nurturing Britain's ingenuity and its international influence on design of all kinds.'