Design & advertising history at The Museum of Brands
From 1890s Rimmel cosmetics to 1970s chopper bikes, The Museum of Brands in Notting Hill brings together over 150 years of commercial design and advertising history.
Around 12,000 items, including Mars Bars, First World War Oxo Cubes and other product designs fill the display cases as you walk through 150 years of British shopping history. Illustrated by vintage adverts and retro shop fittings, this ‘time tunnel’ successfully brings together commercial art, design, and social and consumer history. If you enjoy old ads or if you simply want to evoke memories of beloved childhood products, then you’ll have a blast.
This isn’t a hightech museum with interactive displays or snazzy features but a simple display case affair, yet this doesn’t distract from the experience or diminish the fun of exploring Victorian shopping habits or how brands appealed to consumers during the 50s.
The museum also features a shop, with many retro products based on display items – great as gifts or to display in a vintage-inspired kitchen.
The Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging
2 Colville Mews
Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate. Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove