Museums and collections of decorative arts , product, graphic and apparel (Last updated December 2017 )

Alfaro Hofmann Collection, Godella
Private collection of 5,000 objects , mostly appliances . It has museum, exhibition hall , library and documentation center . Online catalog of appliances index cards.

Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä and Helsinki
The Alvar Aalto Museum operates in two cities, Jyväskylä and Helsinki, where it is the custodian of four buildings that are open to the public. The Alvar Aalto Museum building in Jyväskylä houses a specialist museum of architecture and design, which is a national and international centre for information on Aalto. The Alvar Aalto Academy and Alvar Aalto Museum Architectural Heritage Department is housed in the Aalto Studio building in Helsinki.

Bakelite Museum, Williton, UK
The largest collection of vintage plastics in Britain.

Bauhaus – Archiv Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
Historic Bauhaus Archive and Museum of Design . Temporary and permanent exhibitions on the Bauhaus.

Braun Collection, Kronberg
Permanent exhibition of Braun products . Ninety -year history of the company.

Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Montreal
Founded in 1979 to promote the role of architecture in society. Interesting online collection of photographs and architectural drawings .

Centre de documentació i museu tèxtil, Terrassa
22,000 textile digitized documents from all periods and cultures.

Centre Pompidou, París
More contemporary art than design. 60,000 pieces of digital equity.

Collezione Vittorio Frosino, Roma
Private collection of computers and computing tools from 1965 to 1990.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York
It is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design, and is the steward of one of the most diverse and comprehensive design collections in existence—more than 210,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries.

Danish Museum of Art and Design, Kunst Industri Museet, Copenhague
Collection of Danish and international design. Interesting furniture online catalog of 10,000 items . There is also direct access to the database: Designarkiv.

DDR Museum, Berlin
The DDR Museum is a unique and specific museum and one of the most-visited museums in Berlin. “The DDR Museum is the only museum which concentrates on everyday life in the GDR. We don’t only show the crimes of the State Security or the border defenses at the Berlin Wall but we display the life of the people in the dictatorship”.

Designmuseo, Helsinki
Museum of Finnish design. 

Design Museum, London
The Design Library offers an interesting online dictionary of designers and international brands.

Design Museum, Holon
Israeli Design Museum housed in a spectacular building designed by Ron Arad, close to Tel Aviv .

Die Neue Sammlung, Munich
One of the best collections in the world of product design. 

Early Office Museum
Museum of history of the office and its devices. You can only visit online

Kyoto Costume Institute, Kioto
Collection of 12,000 pieces of clothing of which 300 can be viewed online.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Mainly dedicated to art and decorative arts internationally. Excellent online archive of collections.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, París
French decorative arts and design from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. Great online collection with a very precise searh engine.

Musée des beaux arts, Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, Montreal
Very good collection of international decorative arts and American product design.

Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Costa Rica
Recent trends and dynamics of contemporary art and design in Central America.

Museo del traje, Madrid
Ethnological heritage research center. You can make a virtual tour of the rooms and consult the online catalog.

Museo virtual del diseño Creativity, Barcelona
Private collection of designer Albert Isern. The popular graphic collection is especially interesting.

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona (Barcelona Design Museum), Barcelona
Gathers the Museum of Decorative Arts in Barcelona , the Museum of textiles and clothing and the Cabinet of the graphic arts. Opened new headquarters in late 2014.

Museu del modernisme català, Barcelona
The best place to see decorative arts and design of Catalan Art Nouveau. Interesting place.

Museu de la ciència i de la tècnica de Catalunya, Terrassa
Preserves excellent collections of industrial products. The documentation center is starting to generate the online catalog.

Museu de la tècnica de l’Empordà, Figueres
Magnificent collection of phones , typewriters , sewing machines , watches, etc.  The site shows little stories and photographs .

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Collection of prints, drawings , applied art and design. Very good pictures.

Museum of Applied Arts, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin
Magnificent collections of applied art and design both German and international from the Middle Ages to the contemporary times.

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Museum der dinge, Berlin
A Museum Of Things. Since summer 2007 the museum shows a significant part of its large and rarely exhibited collection of design and everyday culture of the 20th century in an “Open Storage” presentation. On the one hand the objects are arranged in a display of exemplary objects and supply information about the polarizing program of the Deutscher Werkbund and on the other hand give basic information about function, using-history in the 20th century and contemporary product culture.

Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne
International collections of applied arts and design . Web only available in German.

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich
You can enter the e-museum where there is a magnificent online collection of international graphic design and form the Swiss school.

Museum Victoria, Melbourne
Museum Victoria has been building its collections and undertaking research for almost 150 years. The Museum’s priceless collections record Australia’s environmental and cultural history. They are an irreplaceable resource for understanding the past, reflecting on the present and looking into the future. Museum Victoria cares for the state’s scientific and cultural collections.

The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki 
The role of the Finnish Glass Museum is to present the history of glass and its design. In the museum you can learn about glass, a material with more than 4000 years of history and about the Finnish tradition of glass making dating back 300 years. 

Uměleckoprǔmyslové museum, Prague
Czech Decorative Arts and Design. Currently the collection is not accessible.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, jewellery, glass, ceramics, Asian art and design, etc.