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Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

2 Colville Mews | Off Lonsdale Road, London W11 2AR, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )
+44(0)20 7908 0880
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$75*
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95%
Ranked #87 of 1,153 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
38 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This incredible museum is a bargain at £6.50 per adult although it will go up a little after the first of 2015. Glass cases full of packages full of wrappers, boxes, and advertising from the Victorian Ages down to today, arranged in some cases as like items and in others so you can see a progression. Easily some of the... More

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East Kilbride
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

Would be helpful if stated on here not open to public on a Monday due to accommodating school groups . Wasted journey across London

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

Hi Ashwooi, Thanks for pointing out that the opening times were not listed on Tripadvisor, I have now added them to the description section. Of course our small but dedicated team would dearly love to be open 7 days a week, but as we don't have a dedicated space for education sessions Mondays are the only time we are currently... More

Brussels, Belgium
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68 reviews 68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

Check the maps before you go and you should not have a problem finding it. The museum itself is an extensive collection starting from the Victorian era. It was very quiet when we were there. One thing that annoyed me a bit was that the inside of the displays was quite dirty. They kept running around using glass cleaner on... More

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

Hi JHamers, thanks for your review, I will pass your comments on to our Director. We do clean the cases as regularly as our resource will allow. My apologies that it lessened your experience. We do aim to please! Best, Theresa More

Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great hour or so spent here, a little gem nestled around the corner from Portobello Market. Some great insight into marketing during the world wars & how events shaped companies strategy. Well worth a visit!

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

Hi Rob, we're delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. We're always striving to improve and it would be great to know what we could've done to achieve 5 stars. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Theresa More

Croydon, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A simple yet interesting look over household products from 1800 to the present day along with how things changed because of historical events that occurred along the way. It was very quiet when we were there which was good as we had lots of time to properly look into all the different cases. Highly recommended.

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

Hi Laurence, its always nice to visit during a quiet period! It's wonderful that you highly recommend us. We'd love to know how we could improve to gain a 5 star rating. Best, Theresa More

Chichester
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I loved this museum and the very friendly, helpful staff. I even found a metal 'poster' of old brands I have been looking for for years and bought it. I even bought th book 'Remember When' which is an excellent guide of lifestyle and consumerism through the ages. Almost too much to take in but wonderfully displayed by era and... More

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

Hi Stephanie, it's so true that there is so much to see, we hope you get to visit us again soon. What would make your next visit a 5 star experience? We aim to please and I'm delighted the team treated you well. Best, Theresa More

Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

What a great little place this is. We visited last Saturday and there was only 3 other couples there at the same time as us. It really takes you back to your childhood and how interesting it is that some products have hardly had their packaging changed, logos remain almost identical to some 40 plus years ago. Of course the... More

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

Hi Pam, your headline delights us! Thank you for your review, we will take your comments on the cabinets under consideration for any future refurbishments. As it's a small space we wanted to display as much as possible for your viewing pleasure. we hope to see you again soon, Theresa More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Very interesting museum, as you travel in time, from old fashioned glass or cardboard packagings to modern ones. It is fun to see the evolution of the packaging of the same product through time, and even how they have sometimes changed their name. It is also great to learn about the English past when you come from another country and... More

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

Hi Severine, thank you very much for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the evolution of packaging (that's my favourite section too). We hop to see you again soon, it would be great to know how we could reach 5 stars? Best, Theresa More

Rome, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I visited the museum after a stressful walk across the nearby and overcrowded Portobello Road and it definitely was the best decision I could make that day. The museum is full of advertising posters, toys, packaging and all sorts of products classified according to different historical periods, from the Victorian era to the present days. As a summer school student,... More

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

Hi Giulia, thank you for such a lovely review. The Museum can be a much calmer place that Portobello Road Market. We hope you can come and travel back in time with us soon. Best, Theresa More

Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

A really interesting trip back down memory lane with the packs and boxes from yesteryear. It was amazing how much I had forgotten and then remembered after seeing these exhibits.

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

Hi P Edwards, we're happy to have taken you on a journey back in time. It's exciting to hear the memories the collection awakens in people. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Theresa More

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