These sumptuous galleries showcase the best of decorative art, design, fashion and style.
Discover a treasure trove of creativity, explore the influence of design on everyday life and see how contemporary makers continue to innovate.
We've made some changes to make visiting the museum safe and enjoyable for our visitors and our staff. As we begin to welcome visitors back to the museum, the reopening of galleries will be phased.
Models on the catwalk in the Fashion and Style gallery.
Art lovers will find much to delight in our Making and Creating gallery on Level 3, which explores the techniques and inspirations behind the work of artists, makers and designers.
The Making and Creating gallery.
Don't miss this rare artist’s proof by Picasso, designed in 1954. Worked in iridescent, black and white glass, Capra represents a small goat resting on the grass.
Art doesn’t just belong in galleries though, so wander up to Design for Living on Level 5 to discover ideas that shaped a century of design, from the Great Exhibition to the Festival of Britain.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs in the Design for Living gallery.
Here you can get acquainted with May Morris’ intricate embroideries. Created to hang in Orkney’s Melsetter House, these wall hangings are a beautiful example of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Then take a trip to our Art of Living gallery to see stunning examples of decorative art as expressions of beauty, taste, power and devotion. Sup wine from the astronomical Hamilton-Rothschild Tazza and take tea with the Emperor Napoleon’s tea service. You can also measure up against the Hamilton Palace fireplace wall. Restored to its former glory, this stateroom was saved from the grandest non-royal residence in Europe.
The Art of Living gallery.
From earliest times sculptors have created works intended to inspire devotion, to tell stories, to commemorate individuals or to capture beauty in a lasting form. Traditions in Sculpture, on the balcony of Level 5, contrasts classical and Christian sculpture with those of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Explore highlights from our Fashion and Style gallery online with Mode, our online guide to the garments on display.
Luxuriate in couture details with close-up images and 360 views, and discover everything from sumptuous fabrics and bespoke craftsmanship to cutting-edge design inspiration and fashion history.