Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, London


We are all fascinated by branding and billboards so why not step through the journey of advertising at a world-famous museum in London.

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising houses more than 12,000 items including posters and packaging that examine the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day. The museum is based in a mews near Portobello Road in London’s fashionable Notting Hill area.

What is a captivating part of the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is the way the items are set out in chronological order in the form of a Time Tunnel. The museum gives visitors insightful presentations to view how the brands around us have evolved and affected our shopping habits analysing the impact of two world wars, the media and also the emancipation of women.

What is impressive is experiencing the way the decades progress as you eye old favourites including Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo Cubes and chocolates including Mars and Rolos from the 1930s. Each visitor will see something that evokes a memory and you’ll learn what makes shoppers tick throughout the ages.

Beautifully presented and nostalgic to walk through the museum is directed at all ages and a favourite with families especially with older relatives who no doubt have stories about the products on display.

Look out for the kitsch souvenir shop that models their products on many of the designs inside the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.

Founded by consumer historian Robert Opie it is a popular attraction in west London and is an Aladdin’s cave of retro designs and memories in the only museum of its kind in the world.

It is a charming place that delights with its rich collection of products, brands and toys and provides a truly intriguing lesson in consumer history.