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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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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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Unique and interesting

The museum of brands offers something different to visitors, with interesting displays of old brands such as alcohol, cigarettes, food, toys and household products. My partner who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The museum of brands offers something different to visitors, with interesting displays of old brands such as alcohol, cigarettes, food, toys and household products. My partner who works in marketing loved it. The only shame is the gift shop at the end, would be nice to have mock products with the old branding (although as a registered charity, I'm sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The name does not sound too exciting, but it's a wonderful place, crammed packed with very interesting and thought provoking items. A wonderful trip down memory lane for me. Enjoyed it just as much the second time too. And bring your National Trust card and its 50% cheaper to Entre. Great value. Great place

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Anápolis, Go
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A little gem, this museum tells the history of mass communication through advertising, since the nineteenth century. The collection is very rich and very well explained with the historical context of the pieces. The main collection on advertising is in chronological order. Then there is the branding collection, which is divided by brand, then by product types, packaging etc. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This museum is not famous like others in London but I garantee you that it is 100% worth the visit! I walked there from Hyde Park and I took a while to get there (maybe 20 minutes). If you are a student you pay just 5 pounds (which is very cheap compared to other museums in London!), and if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Travel backwards in time and refresh your memory with forgotten and still available brands. Nostalgia time ;-)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We had a really good time. Seeing all the branded packages brought back so many memories for us and it was very interesting to see how the packaging has changed over the years. I could go back again as there was so much to see and read about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

My friend had seen this advertised on the Internet and suggested we visit on a day trip to London, I told my Daughter who is nearly twenty and she really wanted to go too as she had seen an article on Buzzfeed about unique museums in London. We were all so pleased we went, yes it is small and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

If you are a lover of culture and haven’t seen this museum yet, I urge you to do so. It is one of the better independent museums I have had the pleasure of seeing in the capital. It is a treasure trove of advertising relics from hundreds of years of British history and the exhibition trail follows a chronological trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Not the biggest museum in the world but packed with displays, art and memorabilia. Very well laid out and presented. It brought back lots of memories and we learnt plenty too. It filled a very interesting hour and was good value for the price. Well worth a look.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Attractions and exhibits interesting - the staff uummmm beware if you are a moslem the attitude of some the staff may offend your sensibilities! (Obvious biases!) regardless if alone or not!

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TheresaMoB, Manager at Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, responded to this review

Dear Anaon, We're glad you enjoyed the Museum, but can I request that you get in touch with me to discuss your grievance? The Museum reception is largely run by our volunteer team and we pride ourselves on our friendly customer service. I would like the chance to discuss your experience so that we can ensure it is not repeated.... More 

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