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Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

#94 of 1,530 things to do in London
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Address: 111-117 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QT, England
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+44 20 7908 0880
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11:00 am - 5:00 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
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Please see the website for up to date information. Just around the corner...

Please see the website for up to date information. 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 200 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. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.

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One of my favourite museums

We discovered this museum by a coincidence. Because I'm a packaging designer and I work in food industry I wanted to give it a try. And you know what, I loved it! It's very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We discovered this museum by a coincidence. Because I'm a packaging designer and I work in food industry I wanted to give it a try. And you know what, I loved it! It's very nostalgic, impressive and well conceived. If you love a design and you are in that part of London, you have to visit it.

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Caterham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a pleasant 2 hours here, looking and a multitude of packaging for different products from over 100 years. The displays were jammed packed with stuff, some interesting , some not. I would have liked to slightly less clutter and a bit more information about the products. Older people will get more out of it than youngsters as like myself... More 

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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The collection of old packaging in this museum is impressive. But the displays are far too crowded as if the purpose of the museum was to cram as many items as physically possible onto the shelves. You get little sense of the history of banding, for example, or the story of advertising, due to the overcrowding. It would have been... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Essentially a collection of packaging from past era's. Fun to see how little everyday brands have changed. Was expecting more insight into the design of logos and packaging. Nice trip down memory lane. The entrance of £9 is too much for what you get.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a very lovely afternoon hiding from the rain here. It's not cheap (£9 for adults though you can get 2 for 1 tickets various places) but there's such a wide range of material it was worth it. The time tunnel takes you through all kinds of branding and packaging and then across the hall there is a more... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the time tunnel. some great examples of things you had but have long gone. Nice coffee shop, Went on train so got 2 for 1 vouchers which helped with the cost, Would definitely go again.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful trip into the past. I loved how it was all in chronological order. The memories all came back. Go and take a look.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is small and worth a visit, nice coffee shop and location to nearby Portobello Road. The exhibition itself has a lot to be desired but definitely work a look if you're interested in soap boxes and children's toys. Missing a great deal of obvious brand developments and the presentation is poor.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Given that most museums are free in London, you'd expect a lot from a museum that charges (£9 adults, £7 concessions). It didn't. The main exhibition is nice for nostalgia, but eventually becomes tedious as does feel a bit like you are walking through display after display of tat. The best bit was across the hallway, which shows the evolution... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed going around this museum, it made me smile, looking back at some of the toys and products I had when I was younger. It also was full of interesting facts and history about the different decades covered. I especially liked seeing old adverts on the video.

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