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London For Toddlers: Barbie®: The Exhibition
All ages

Barbie®: The Exhibition

The Design Museum

July 5, 2024 - February 23, 2025

Free - £14.38

A major exhibition exploring the design evolution of one of the world’s most famous dolls: Barbie®.

Journey into the Barbie universe and discover over 250 remarkable objects, with rare, unique and innovative dolls dating from 1959 to the present day.

Opening to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Barbie brand in 2024, the exhibition will explore the story of Barbie through a design lens, including fashion, architecture, furniture and vehicle design.

Highlights include a rare first edition of the very first doll released by Mattel in 1959 (‘Number 1 Barbie’), the groundbreaking Day to Night Barbie from 1985 and the best-selling Barbie of all time, 1992’s Totally Hair Barbie which sold over 10 million across the globe.

Other dolls will highlight the diversity of the Barbie range, with examples of the first Black, Hispanic and Asian dolls to bear the Barbie name, as well as dolls that reflect today’s diverse, multicultural society, including the first Barbie with Down syndrome, the first to use a wheelchair, and the first to be designed with a curvy body shape.

Also showcasing the friends of Barbie, including her first friend, Midge, and the much-loved Christie and Teresa; as well as the younger sister of Barbie, Skipper. There’ll also be a section dedicated to Ken, which will see six decades’ worth of Ken dolls on show, showing his evolution from his introduction in 1961.

Other objects from this historic brand will include Dreamhouses, vehicles and furniture, including the first ever Barbie Dreamhouse™ from 1962. Together these items will show how Barbie’s homes, vehicles and other products have all helped to design the universe in which she exists and has always reflected the tastes and trends of day, engaging with modern design in an aspirational but accessible way.


Adult tickets from £14.38
Children aged 6 to 15 from £7.19
Under 6s go free
Concession/Student tickets from £10.77


10:00 – 17:00 Monday to Thursday
10:00 – 18:00 Friday to Sunday


The Design Museum

224–238 Kensington High Street

W8 6AG


The museum does not have a car park


the Design Kitchen - located at the Sachs Family Park Room on the second floor
the Design Cafe - on the ground floor in the museum's atrium


Assistance dogs are welcome


A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use during your visit, There are two disabled parking spaces available.