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Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
2 Colville Mews | Off Lonsdale Road, London W11 2AR, England (Notting Hill)
+44 20 7908 0880
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$76*
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Ranked #64 of 2,331 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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. 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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London, United Kingdom
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“Nostalgia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This museum was fun for me as I remembered a lot of the products from the 1950's onwards and a lot of the incidental settings/ furniture from my grandmother and friends' houses that would have dated from much earlier . Not much canned food though and gollywogs politically erased which a bit sad . I had a pottery band and I loved it and I dont think it made me a bad person.Worth a visit but not sure how much fun it would be for the average kid but would appeal to advertising/ design enthusiasts too.

Visited January 2013
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“If nostalgia is your bag ..or box or tin, then you'll love this place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

If nostalgia is your bag ..or box or tin, then you'll love this place. The museum is well set out chronologically so that younger folk can reminisce, say the eighties and nineties, whilst baby boomers like me can wallow in the fifties and sixties and even older folk can revisit earlier times. And you don't just have to be a nostalgic to enjoy this place. Those with an interest in social history will get alot out of their visit. There's a well-stocked shop where you are bound to find an interesting keepsake, gift or just a quirky postcard. Also, a pleasant cafe where you can enjoy watching old TV ads etc.

Visited December 2012
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“A fantastic museum well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

This was a most enjoyable experience and is highly recommended. A fascinating review of brands and packaging over the past 100 years - hundreds of items on display all laid out in groups of decades. There is loads of history to absorb and practically everything will be known to all adult visitors. Very enjoyable was the section on packaging which showed how the packs of many well known brands have evolved over the years. You will be amazed how long some of the brands have been around. If you are short on time, the museum can be done over a 'quick 1-2 hours' or if you have more time you can browse more slowly and combine the outing with a stroll along Portobello Road which is 5 minutes walk away. Great value at £6.50 with very friendly staff to make your visit even more enjoyable.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“So much of history...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This is a truly fascinating space for two main reasons:

1. The excellent layout: I loved the way that the objects were displayed. The 'row-upon-row' style reflects the nature of advertising nicely; a theme that is emphasised further by the progression through eras. This skilled curating aids engagement, whether this be linked to reminiscence or education.

2. The story behind the museum collection: Robert Opie's dedication to collecting and cataloguing visual culture is fascinating, and well worth researching before a visit.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to look around, as there is a lot to see!

Visited January 2013
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I just loved this museum; so much to see, extremely nice staff and I could've spent hours just looking at the packages. The shop was nice too. If you happen to be at Notting Hill or at Kensington, museum is within a walking distance. It's surprisingly cheap too.

Visited December 2012
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