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Unique: The Red Dot Design Museum in Essen

More than 1,500 products

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Design trail

Current product design in a historical setting

The Red Dot Design Museum is designed in such a way that visitors have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with some general principles of good design at the beginning of their visit – the "Design Fundamentals".

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Exhibitions

Milestones in Contemporary Design 2024–2025

The exhibition on the first floor presents the best products of 2024 the current milestones in international product design, selected by an international jury in the 51 categories of the competition. 

25 June 2024 – 31 May 2025

Thule Design Team – Designing for an Active Life

This year, the overall design achievement of the Thule Design Team was recognised with the honorary title "Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2024". The Thule Design Team has its own exhibition on the ground floor of the museum.

25 June 2024 – 1 September 2024

Design on Stage 2024–2025

Spread over five floors, the exhibition “Design on Stage” gives visitors a comprehensive overview of current product design trends and developments. The exhibition is designed to give visitors the opportunity to familiarise themselves with some of the basics of good design at the beginning of their visit. 

25 June 2024 – 31 May 2025

Outstanding design against a historic industrial backdrop

The fascinating atmosphere of the Red Dot Design Museum Essen is created by the contrast between old and new, industrial architecture and product culture. The museum is housed in the boiler house of the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex and is therefore located in the centre of one of the most important industrial monuments of the 20th century, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

Today, the building, which was remodelled by British star architect Lord Norman Foster, houses robots, coffee machines and furniture as well as bicycles, computers and a gyrocopter suspended from the ceiling.

Hands-on Museum

At the Design Museum in Essen, everything is a little different from "normal" museums.  For example, many of the products on display can be touched and tried out.