Collections

The Wolfsonian’s collection contains more than 150,000 objects, rare books, ephemeral items, and archives of mostly North American and European origin from the period 1851 to 1945. Ranging from furniture and other decorative artworks to graphic design, objects reflect the social, political, and technological changes that dominated the world during this pivotal time and demonstrate the vital role that design played in shaping perceptions of the modern world.How does design impact your life? Explore the museum’s collection: from monumental city plans to tiny postage stamps to innovative lighting fixtures. Discover the context in which things are made and investigate how design shapes and reflects the world in which we live.