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“Absolutely Fascinating”

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
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Ranked #96 of 1,615 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely Fascinating”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is an absolutely brilliant and fascinating museum, hidden away just a few minutes walk from Portobello Road. It covers mainly domestic brands but is none the worse for having focus. Possibly a little dark in places I feel that this is to prevent the exhibits from fading. The museum starts you off in Victorian times and takes you right up to date. We had a cup of tea before we went around the exhibition. In the cafe there is a collection of vintage televisions and radios. Amongst them there is a modern TV showing old advertisements. I found I remembered the jingles of an awful lot of 1960s adverts. It is hard to imagine now that in the 1960s there were TV advertisements for cigarettes, but there they are.

Visited October 2013
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“Fascinating stroll through a lifetime of memories”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Really nice little museum detailing the history of brands and packaging over the last couple of hundred years. It's great to see things that evoke childhood memories from the 60's right up to the present day. My son (in his 20's) loved it as well.

Altogether a great way to spend an hour or two - don't miss the old TV commercials in the cafe area.

One oddity though, we bought a phone in the gift shop and it was handed to us in an un-branded bag! Surely some mistake!

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Chris R
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“Worth a visit (or two)”
Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

The nicest museum ever!
You're not allowed to take photos, so be sure to take a good look at everything while you're there. Don't forget to check out the awesome gift shop.

Students pay less for tickets, so don't forget to bring your student card.

1 Thank Noranosaurus
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic way to spend an afternoom”
Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Visit started really well with a nice cup of tea made by the lad on the admissions counter, giving a great cosy feel right from the start. The exhibition itself was fascinating. It is the private collection of Robert Opie who focuses on domestic brands and toys. Obviously the 60s and 70s had the benefit of the "I remember that" factor but all decades were fascinating. Don't miss right at the end a display of certain brands and how they have changed.

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“So interesting I lost track of time”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

The best bit is reaching a point in the Time Tunnels when you see the packaging of something you recognise from when you were about six or seven - in my case: a 1960s Birds Custard tin.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Alexander028
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