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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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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 wonderful trip down memory lane, made all the better by banter with two other visitors of similar age. We spent two hours there but could have easily spent longer by looking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

A wonderful trip down memory lane, made all the better by banter with two other visitors of similar age. We spent two hours there but could have easily spent longer by looking more closely at more up to date exhibits. We will pay a return visit to the new premises in due course as more space will enable the displays... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

This is a great wee place! Not the easiest to find (understand they are moving more centrally in the summer) but well worth the trip. The time period products amaze you "I had no idea that was first produced so long ago" and the branding element looking at a product packing through the years was great. A wonderful insight into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Hidden in a great London district, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is the one place to go to reminisce products past. It was a first go for my school and I guess to make the best of it, a thorough preparation should have been made. One piece of advice - when you enter, don't rush! Take your time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

An interesting small museum showing the history of brandibg and packaging of household items from Victorian times to the present day. It takes just over an hour to walk right through. Friendly staff and refreshments available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Small museum but very well stocked. It's the sort of place that doesn't sound great, but once you're there it's fantastic. Lots to see and well worth the entrance fee. The advertising and packaging will bring back memories!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This museum is a fantastic collection of household items going back into the 1800's that shows how branding, packaging, and advertising (hey - that's the name of the place afterall) have changed, and if some cases not really changed, over the years. As such, it isn't for everyone. Some people (like our kids) may find this stuff kind of boring,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This museum is incredible. My friends and i spent the whole visit saying'i remember that!' It is very well laid out, leading through the years and different events. Allow at least an hour, i have visited twice now, and i still don't think i have seen everything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a small well run museum. It is endlessly fascinating even for those too young to remember some of the brands on display. They are shortly to move to new premises but if they continue as this one is then it is well worth a visit. My only criticism is that although it's disability friendly it is by its... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This small museum is well worth a visit if you have an hour or 2 to spare. Lots of things to reminisce about and also interesting to see brands you recognise over the past 100 years or so.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Take a map to find this little gem! History of many everyday products from start to present day. Layout is brilliant and we were quite sad to come to the end of the displays. Will be going back soon.

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