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The Red Dot Design Museum is open

Dear visitors,

We are pleased to announce that we can reopen the Red Dot Design Museum after a seven week break. Of course within the strict guidelines of the state of NRW and the city of Essen. For your and our protection, we will meticulously adhere to these and ask you to do the same. 

As you may have noticed here on our website or in the social media, we have not been idle during this time, but have set up the special exhibition "Analogue, Digital, Interactive" for you and opened it silently with a short video tour through the exhibition. Now you finally have the opportunity to see this presentation of excellent communication design in the museum until 1 June 2020 - during our usual opening hours, i.e. Tuesdays to Sundays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Of course, we too are making every effort to minimise the risk of infection. For this reason, the following rules apply to visits until further notice in addition to our house rules:

- Groups of visitors are not permitted. Please come only to a maximum of two persons or as a family.
- We will make sure that only a limited number of people are in the museum at any one time. We ask you to be patient if this number is reached.
- Please wear a face mask. If necessary, you can also purchase one at the museum reception for 12 euros. It is a reusable protection made of fabric, designed by the fashion designer Susa Flor.
- Currently only cashless payments are possible.
- Distance markings in the reception area must be observed. Please make sure that you keep the required minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other visitors in the museum.
- We are actually a "hands-on" museum, which means that our exhibits may be touched and tried out. However, due to current events, we must ask you to refrain from touching products and books.

We are looking forward to your visit!
The team of the Red Dot Design Museum

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Important note

The Red Dot Design Museum is open to the public again. Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, special protection rules apply. For example, the wearing of a face mask is obligatory.

There is currently a construction site in front of the museum. Do not be irritated by this. Access to the museum is free. People who require barrier-free access should call +49-201-30104-60 prior to their visit.