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Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

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Address: 2 Colville Mews | Off Lonsdale Road, London W11 2AR, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7908 0880
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Just around the corner from the world-famous Portobello Road Market stands...
Just around the corner from the world-famous Portobello Road Market stands a unique, Aladdin's cave of retro design and memories - the only museum of its kind in the whole world. Imagine walking through a corridor full from floor to ceiling with the treats that the British have filled their shopping baskets with for the last 150 years. Every corner you turn in the Time Tunnel leads you into a different decade. Discover what has made shoppers tick for the last 200 years and surround yourself in the classic designs, vintage adverts and retro stylings that fill our museum. The Museum is available to hire for evening events and there's a fabulous conference room for daytime events! So whether you visit to awaken childhood memories or to inspire your own designs, we welcome you to the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Opening Times Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 6pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm Monday: Closed, except bank holidays We are closed during the Notting Hill Carnival, 24, 25 and 26 December and New Year's Day. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION We also advise that you bring a map as we are tucked away on a quiet Mews. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.
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A step back in time.

On a recent visit to London we spent an enjoyable morning at this interesting little museum. It triggered so many memories of my childhood in the 1950's and 1960's from packaging... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

On a recent visit to London we spent an enjoyable morning at this interesting little museum. It triggered so many memories of my childhood in the 1950's and 1960's from packaging and household equipment to toys and games. There was so much to see and appreciate. We couldn't help enthusing about our visit. The staff were so helpful and friendly... More 

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Novo Mesto, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This museum was outstanding and exceeded all of my expectations! It takes you through various adverts and changes in brand packaging since victorian times and it also includes valentine cards through decades, toys etc. I strongly recommend it.

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Biella, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

It's a very beautiful and interesting museum..there are special windows for each period of time and it's very well organized!!! Unfortunately (for me, since I'm Italian) almost all the brands shown are known in UK only (I suppose..) and I only could recognise some of them..but being the museum in London,it is just as it is supposed to be!!! Really... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I really liked it! We can jump back into times and see how in the past the goods were packaged and sold to the consumer, passing through wars and thoughts times. Great museum! Really liked it!

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Grimsby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Fantastic place, a real step back in time! A wander through our social history from Victorian times through to the present day. Would recommend to anyone interested in packaging or brand development. Not a huge place, but easy enough to spend a couple of hours. Price reasonable for London. Only criticism is that it's not too easy to find, tucked... More 

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

While kings and queens come and go, and wars are won and lost, people still need washing soap and chocolate and board games and breakfast cereals. This is the museum of consumer history, a massive collection of items and brands from the early 1800s to today. The display cases are packed with items, with good explanatory notes about the world... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Take a nostalgic trip back in time and see the many products of your youth and discover that they in fact come from time even before you knew. Beginning with the Victorian age, the above statement is certainly true when you walk through the Edwardian era, 1920s and continue passing the decades up to the present. Ever show case is... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I'd gone to London with family to see a show..and really wanted to go to the Museum while I was there..four of us got the tube to Notting Hill &, even though they had accompanied me just to please me really, they all really loved it! It was ingenious how they set certain packaging from its origins through to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

We had little idea of what to expect, but we spent over 2 hours viewing the treasures in one of the smallest museums we have ever been to! Don't let this put you off, the place is full to the brim with memorabilia, well displayed and sequenced by decades through a time tunnel - fantastic! Went there for a birthday... More 

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Lots of old products and interesting articles about them. Nice to see products from a range of eras, many of which were familiar to me and my childhood. Overall worth a visit for a bit of reminiscing.

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