The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London examines the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day. It features over 12,000 original items, including domestic, everyday products, packaging, posters, toys and games. In the museum there is also a small tea room serving tea, coffee and biscuits.
The aforementioned room is also available as a venue for drinks, receptions, dinners, parties and launches and has a separate conference space for meetings. The museum was set up as a registered charity in 2002 and it is based in a mews near Portobello Road in London’s Notting Hill.
With items arranged in chronological order in the form of a “Time Tunnel”, the museum gives visitors a trip down memory lane to see how brands have evolved from the naive charm of Victorian times to the sophistication of today. The collection reflect changes in shopping habits, transportation, media, the effects of two world wars and the emancipation of women.
The museum is based around over 12,000 items from the Robert Opie Collection which were housed in the Museum of Advertising and Packaging in Gloucester from 1984 until its closure in October 2001. The collection moved to Notting Hill in 2005. Another display of the Robert Opie Collection at Opie’s Museum of Memories formed part of the now defunct Wigan Pier Experience.