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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 #57 of 1,084 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I really liked my trip to the museum of brands, hidden away in Notting Hill but easy to find, it takes you on a nostalgic walk through the decades with well known brands, childhood games and royal events. It was fascinating to see how some things have changed, and others not so much! I'd recommend a visit, for families with... More

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Cerritos, California
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15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

When I first approached my partner about visiting the Museum of Brands in London, she was (putting it mildly) hesitant. But after our visit, it's safe to say that we were both highly surprised by how much enjoyment we took from our trip. The museum has a comprehensive collection of household items and bric-a-brac, all of which exhibit the unique... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This small, independent museum is just off the main stretch of Portobello market and in a much quieter area of Notting Hill. Entry is not free (4pounds for students) but it is a nice way to spend about 1-2 hours. I would say the museum is mainly to do with history of packaging so if that interests you, go for... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great collection of household brands organised in clever and imaginative ways. Our students were captivated by the variety, range and depth of the collection, and were surprised to enjoy the museum as much as they did!

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Leicester
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great little museum for those of us who remember things like Watneys Party Seven, Colt 45 and Hofmeister. A nostaligic trip down memory lane to a simpler time when product advertising seemed so innocent and trustworthy.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I took a group of Economics students from the United States on a visit to this museum. The students loved it. The museum was very helpful in providing us with worksheets targeting students. That was extremely helpful and useful. The museum was also very helpful in providing a context for all the artifacts in the accompanying information. I would definitely... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

So worth it. The collection provides a window into design through the eras. The depth and breadth of historical, sociological and visual value is overwhelming. It is a museum that needs to be revisited, you are guaranteed to find things that you hadn't noticed before. An absolute gem.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A small museum and a little out of the way but it meant we had the whole place to ourselves. Being British we were able to reminisce about all the food, toys and drinks we had as kids. I think if you're not British it won't be that interesting to you. Very well laid out with so much to look... More

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This musem is close to a twenty minute walk from the Notting Hill Station. It is extremely tucked out of the way and difficult to find. My Mom grew up in Scotland so we thought it would be interesting to see the old packaging from when she was a kid. We were in and out of this museum in 15... More

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

People who dream about time travel just need to visit this museum, as it is a literal step back in time, fantastic memories of old wrappers, packaging, and other consumer products from a by gone era to the present day, it's not just interesting to see the old items on display but even some from not that long ago that... More

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