Roll up, roll up! The Museum of Brands has found itself a glam new home; still in Notting Hill but now with extra added space for its seemingly endless collection of wrappers, posters, toys, boxes and general collectibles. The main part of the display is the ‘time tunnel’, a maze of dark cabinets that are stuffed with colourful curios arranged in date order. With the arrival of each new decade an information panel helps to put the changing designs and new fashions into context. A highlight – literally light thanks to a sunny, south-facing gallery room – is a sort of shrine to a few particularly recognisable brands. One cabinet holds every iteration of can and bottle produced by Guinness, another is packed with cereal boxes from Kellogg’s, even Brasso gets its moment to , *ahem*, shine. This is a museum that will appeal to any lover of stuff, a nostalgia-stuffed tribute to the many, many things we buy.
|Venue name:||Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising||Contact:|
111-117 Lancaster Road
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm (last adm 45mins before closing); closed Mons except bank hols|
|Transport:||Tube: Ladbroke Grove|
|Price:||£9 adults, £7 concs, £5 children (7-16), free under-7s, £24 family (2 adults + up to 5 children), groups 10% discount to groups of 10 or more (pre-booking required)|
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While we quite rightly remember & preserve so much of our history and heritage around us in society, brands and packaging could so easily be forgotten and lost. This museum fills that role of archiving and presenting our collective history of so much that we live around, which is also a very significant part of our cultural life. A wonderful trip down memory lane!
What a lovely little museum! Being so small, it is absolutely cluttered with stacks of objects on display. Lots and lots of different brand names of food packaging, toys and pictures. Starting off in Victorian times to recent years, the museum aims not only to bring you back to childhood, but also to provide context and story across the ages up until the present day on the evolution of consumerism. Quite unknown but still it gets quite busy so I would recommend visiting out of peak hours.