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“Unexpected history lesson”

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
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Ranked #95 of 1,610 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Unexpected history lesson”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Found this museum had garnered very good reviews on trip advisor and thought it would be quite intereresting to give it a visit on a recent trip. I like museums and thought this would be something different to the larger more well known ones. As stated by other reviewers it is certainly a 'hidden' gem, tucked away in an alcove off a street in Nottinghill and quite a walk from Nottinghill gate tube station. We reached the museum at the same time as a large group of foreign students and were quite worried that we would struggle to see anything in what was a relatively small museum. Our fears were unfounded though as they were through the first room before we had even really started. The museum is small, but the way they have set out the displays makes it seem you are on a real journey through time, as they have a literal 'time tunnel' which shows how things have changed from victorian times, through the 2 world wars and right to modern day. The early displays are very educational and interesting, and the further you get through the years the more recognisable the brands, products and packaging becomes until you get to a point where you start remembering stuff from your childhood. The people who run the museum have amassed a hugely impressive and varied collection of memoribillia, household objects, toys, foods/packaging and other goods to tell an interesting story of how and what we have consumed over the past 150 or so years. After the time tunnel comes more specific look at packaging and advertising including a large display of memoribilia and goods created for the queens jubilee and olympic year. There is a small gift shop that sells mildly related souveniers and a small seating area at the end. The self guided tour lasts between 1 and 2 hours and is priced pretty much spot on at £6.50 for adults. All in all, worth seeking out and very interesting couple of hours.

Visited January 2013
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“Happy memories”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Well laid out,brought back memories for two senior citizens and youngsters could learn how there parents/grandparents lived. Very friendly helpful man in charge.National Trust members half price
Only downside,but understandable no photo taking allowed.Seating area,purchase a coffee.

Visited January 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Unusual museum in London”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

a hidden gem in Nottinghill Gate, if you are looking for an unconventional museum / attraction to visit and enjoy social history of products, Museum of Brands is a place to visit, with a group of friendly and helpful staff. You will be surprise that some of the brands of products exist since the Victorian age and products that are made during the war. My favourite would be the Queen's jubilee memorabilia.

Visited May 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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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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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“If nostalgia is your bag ..or box or tin, then you'll love this place.”
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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