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“Very good, hidden away museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

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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Ranked #68 of 2,329 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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“Very good, hidden away museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

First of all, a warning that the entrance to this museum isn't very clear and I can't be the only one who has walked into the office building next door and asked for a ticket.

The exhibits in the museum are all very interesting. The branding section is very well curated but the through the ages section does look like everything has been squeezed into the cabinet in the absence of any creative vision.

It is well worth making a trip here, the most enjoyable part for me was seeing the now changed branding that I remembered and so the older you are, the more you can get out of this museum in terms of nostalgia.

Visited July 2013
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“an amazing trip through 2 centuries of branding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

little, charming and off-route museum in notting hill, we found it in the lonely planet and gave it a shot. what a treat! a rich collection of products, brands, toys, miscellanea dating back to the 19th century, accompanied by detailed descriptions and historical facts. not to miss!

Visited July 2013
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“Two Hours of Pure Fascination”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This small Museum of Packaging was once the Opie Museum in Gloucester Docks. It can now be found at 2 Colville Mews, Notting Hill, London; you will have to search it out with special directions as it is not easy to find. However the search is very well worth it. The collection dates from Victorian times and covers the period to the modern day. Apart from seeing the development of packaging you can wallow in nostaglia depending on your age; you can also discover that tatty souvenirs associated with contemporary events are not a modern phenomenon! If it had been bigger one might have got bored; its cuurrent size is ideal. There is nothing here for younger children but those especially of maturer years will revel in it. A special praise for the exceptionally friendly staff, the cleanliness of the toilets (they have to be experienced to be believed) - and the refreshment room where you can watch ancient commercials on an equally ancient television. This is a hidden gem of a museum which on no account should be missed by anyone interested in social history. Return visits are two for the price of one and with certain rail tickets you can have the same terms on a first visit.

Visited July 2013
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“Hidden Gem in Notting Hill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Don't miss this if you will be visiting the lovely neighborhood of Notting Hill. Just north of the Portobello Road Market, this small in size but rich in content museum takes u back to 100 years of history, like a time machine. Though the subject is branding and packaging, I feel that it's more of the popular social culture behind the packagings.

Just a side note, they don't allow photos inside, so it's unnecessary to bring ur DSLR there

Visited May 2013
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“Well worth the trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

If you're done looking at statues of Romans and paintings of princes and emperors on horses, I can easily recommend the Museums of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Finally, a museum with a sense of humour! The intimate space is filled with over 100 years of advertisements and consumer products from the Victorian era to today. The claims and positioning in the ads is at times ridiculous, strange, familiar, and alway fun. Especially enjoyable are the product packaging retrospectives: looking at the same brands' evolution over dozens of years.

And of course if you want to get intellectual about it you can muse about how the advertising of an age tells you so much about the people who lived in it. You want to learn about a society? Study their ads.

For the perfect low-key London day, just follow these simple instructions: go to the Museum of Brands, grab takeaway lunch at the nearby Ottolenghi, eat in one of the parks a block away on Coville Terrace, putz about the Portobello Market, then walk back to the tube while marvelling at the beautiful homes and gardens along your way.

Visited June 2013
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