The Design Collection supports and enhances the teaching and research goals of the Department of Design and its curriculum.
With over 50 years of collecting and preserving design-related objects, the UC Davis Design Collection consists of over 5,000 items ranging from the 16th Century to present day. The majority of the objects are ethnic and endangered textiles and costumes from around the world that are used to enhance the teaching and research activities of the Department of Design. The collection is comprised of textiles and fashion, basketry, porcelain and glass, furniture and architectural drawings.
Supported by donations from design faculty and friends, the Design Collection has grown in tandem with design education at UC Davis, and demonstrates the evolving attitudes toward exhibiting, conserving, researching, and interpreting material cultures in today’s multifaceted world.
The Museum’s support group is Design Alliance. Members host exhibition openings, act as docents, and sponsor special fund-raising activities. Membership entitles you to free admission to our lecture series and the opportunity to take advantage of other special events throughout the year. The annual membership fee is $25.
The Design Museum encourages businesses and corporations to help provide the essential support to keep the exhibitions program exciting and growing. Please contact the museum for further information about how to sponsor an exhibition or event.