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Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

2 Colville Mews, London W11 2AR, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )
+44(0)20 7908 0880
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Ranked #42 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Great value for money. Looks tiny from outside, but once inside sheer delight. A trip down memory lane for all ages. Chloe loved it.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Charming little museum with entrance for £6.50. It shows the development of brands and advertising through the ages and the development of packaging, which on the surface sounds dull but brings back nostalgia and intrigue as the exhibitions develop. Some amazing items and great for any product design/stage management students for references

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Colchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My wife and I met our daughter at nearby Notting Hill station, and made our way through the dreary wet streets to the unassuming little back-road which is Colville Mews. At first we weren`t sure we were at the right place, but then saw the Museum sign at the far end; and then saw the mass of `youth` that was... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

We are from Canada, so many of the products were similar, but it was such fun to see the changes through the ages! Nice displays, helpful staff. I wish there were more signs to it, but we found it after a few detours. This is a great little museum and a lovely add on to a visit to the Portobello... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The name sounds boring & we only went because we had a bogof voucher, but so glad we did! It was a real trip down memory lane, food, sweets, toys, household items, all in chronological order & so many that we had forgotten. Only grumble was that it was not very well sign posted and we did take a little... More

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Torino, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I went to this Museum in Notting Hill with my boyfriend during August 2013. We are from Italy. I'm very fond of vintage packaging and my boyfriend works with advertising...so we found this place really brilliant! We also were able to use our 2x1 entrance ticket with rail tickets and the guy at the reception was really patient in helping... More

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

I would recommend a visit to the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising. It's interesting seeing how products were advertised & how brands have progressed throughout the years. It also provides a nostalgic look at products of yesteryear. We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit & have recommended it to friends & family.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A really well laid out small museum and a thoroughly enjoyable hours trip down Memory Lane. To get full nostalgia value it is probably best to be 30+ and British though anyone can appreciate how brands evolve

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

What a great place and well thought out. It was good to see the sweets from our youth as well as the development of brands. The curator was there and was very engaging. This museum is well worth a visit.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

take the bus. Museum is right next to Portebello rd which is worth a stroll along. We had rail savers 2 for 1 which the museum had no problems accepting.

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