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Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

2 Colville Mews | 11, London W11 2AR, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )
+44(0)20 7908 0880
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Ranked #73 of 1,100 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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.You'll see Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo cubes, Mars Bars, Rolos and KitKats from the 1930s, a 1970s Chopper bike and around 12, 000 other items that will open your eyes to the way we shopped.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.You can even hire the museum and its conference room for your meetings and parties!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. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had a two for one voucher via London Midland for entry to the Museum which was a good saving. Little hard to find but good signage when we got there. Try to avoid the incredibly busy Portobello Road when locating it if you can. Was really interesting and brought back lots of memories. Each cabinet is packed with so... More

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Toronto, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

There are a wealth of information , especially those brand names such as Tide, Kit Kat, Cadbury .... That we grow up with ! Unfortunately the museum only display those products, the place is very tight , no one to ask questions, so I personally felt a bid disappointed and quite boring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Had a great time at the museum and definitely worth visiting if you're an art/design student, or if you're into marketing. The timewalk is really informative, though it could be more engaging with videos/quizzes/activities to do as you go round. There are some minor improvements to be made to make the experience even better: -More about other brands outside of... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We chose to go here because we'd got a 2for1 booklet with Virgin Trains so it was only £3.25 each - not sure i would've been happy paying £6.50 for it It was quite hard to find this museum as it was tucked away in a little back street in Notting Hill, it's not a place you would come across... More

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Cardiff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This museum was recommended to me by my parents and it made for a pleasant enough hour. You're taken through the decades and shown packaging from products from that time. There are also displays showing the progression of branding over the years for certain products. My only gripe was that the black walls, low ceiling and maze-like effect is really... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

i went there with my friend and the most exciting part was to find out a quite a few NEW things about brands and for how long they have been on the market. To be honest, I was surprised quite a few times. There was just one minor thing i did not enjoy that much...there could be a little more... More

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Chania Town, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Have been meaning to go to this museum for quite a while. I note that some reviews call this a collection rather than a museum but it doesn't matter, it does what it says on the tin. It is a treasure trove of memories and and an interesting look into the past and how we lived. If you have a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

There was a long ago since I was in a museum, so I was pleasantly surprised with Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Although is a small museum it is very nice because it takes you into the past in a completely unique and interesting way. Surely it is worth to visit and see it. It is necessary however to... More

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Visited this museum after a long gap (seen it previously at its old home in Gloucester). It really is one of a kind (certainly in the UK), and can be viewed as a trip down memory lane or equally as a fascinating insight to the world of branding and retail methodology. Packed with exhibits (excuse the pun), and there really... More

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South of England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Tucked away in Notting Hill is one of London's quirky hidden gems. The museum is not very large but packs a punch in the nostalgia and reminiscing department. It highlights the items we take for granted and shows them as they were throughout the years from Victorian to present times. If you are like me a baby boomer you will... More

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