Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum is among the world’s leading museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. In the main museum building by Frank Gehry, the museum annually mounts two major temporary exhibitions. Smaller parallel shows are presented in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, a neighbouring exhibition space. Often developed with renowned designers, many of the museum’s exhibitions cover highly relevant contemporary themes, such as future technologies, sustainability or questions like mobility and social awareness. Others address historical aspects or protagonists.

The work of the Vitra Design Museum is based on its collection, which encompasses not only key objects of design history, but also the estates of several important figures (including Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard). The museum library and document archive are available to researchers upon request. The museum conceives its exhibitions for touring, and they are shown at venues around the world. On the Vitra Campus, they are complemented by a diverse programme of events, guided tours and workshops. For more information, please go to

Contact information & opening hours:

Charles-Eames-Str. 2
D-79576 Weil am Rhein
+49 (0)7621 702 3200

Mon-Sun: 10am-6pm
24 December 10am-2pm


The exhibitions in the Vitra Design Museum and in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery can be visited separately. Public guided tours are also offered in the Vitra Design Museum. Guided exhibition tours can also be booked for groups and for other interested individuals. In addition to German and English, guided tours are also available in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian and Swedish upon request. For more information on the current exhibition, please go to

Contact information:

+49 (0)7621 702 3200


In conjunction with our alternating exhibitions, the Vitra Design Museum offers a variety of workshops for school-age children and youth, university students and other interested visitors. The programme ranges from children’s workshops to activities for school classes to enjoyable recreational workshops for groups. All of the workshops are oriented towards the respective target audience and based on sound didactic methods, providing insights into the design process as well as the associated requirements of imagination, rational thinking and manual dexterity. The aim is to increase the awareness of our everyday culture among participants and to inspire creative engagement with their own designed environment. For more information, please go to

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+49 (0)7621 702 3639

Architecture Tours

Take an architecture tour of the Vitra Design Museum to gain some background information about the buildings designed by Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Álvaro Siza and SANAA as well as about the structures by Buckminster Fuller and Jean Prouvé. Public guided tours with a duration of approx. 2 hours take place daily at 11am and 1pm in German and at 12pm and 2pm in English. Groups are kindly asked to sign up for a private guided tour three weeks in advance. For more information, please go to

Contact information:

+49 (0)7621 702 3200


Production Tours

Take a look behind the scenes of the production at the Vitra Campus. Experience different steps of the manufacturing process of the Aluminium Chair on a guided tour in the production hall of Frank Gehry. The chair developed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1958 is considered one of the greatest furniture designs of the 20th century. Vitra has been producing this timeless classic over a period of decades in the same superior quality. Find out more about its history as well as the significance of innovation, quality and sustainability at Vitra. The tour is followed by an introduction to Vitra’s test centre.

Public guided production tours in German with a duration of approx. 1 hour are taking place every Wednesday at 2pm (except December 23rd, 30th and January 6th). Groups are kindly asked to sign up for a private guided tour three weeks in advance. For more information, please go to

Contact information:

+49 (0)7621 702 3200

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