Our Museum explores the remarkable story of how our consumer society has evolved since Victorian times. It’s a journey of discovery that puts our favourite brands into their historical context, alongside royal coronations, two world wars, man landing on the moon and right up to the computer and digital age. Laid out chronologically, the Time Tunnel reflects how daily life has been transformed by the invention of the railway, the motor car, and the aeroplane; and how entertainment has been enlivened by the arrival of cinema, radio and television. Memories are triggered by an abundance of toys and games that, since the 1950s, have reflected the most popular television programmes. Magazine covers illustrate the change in style and fashion, while colourful graphic posters connected to the product aspirations of each period.


Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers

This new exhibition presents 50 original magazine covers from Time Out’s archive and explores the stories behind them.
12 September 2018 – 3 March 2019

Can Marketing Save Lives?

We remember campaigns that have motivated, frightened, and educated the public over the past century in Great Britain.
23 October, 2018 – 26 May, 2019

Chocolate Boxes and Biscuit Tins

Chart the 150-year story of decorative biscuit tins and chocolate boxes and how it may have been the start of a commercialization of Christmas.
Open from the 18 December, 2018

Pack The Future

Exploring sustainable packaging, this exhibit showcases latest initiatives by brands including Tesco, Waitrose, Sulapac and Arjowiggins.
22 February, 2018 – 22 June, 2019



Board Game Extravaganza

Pop-up board game area with new and classic games for socialising with friends and family.
10 December, 2018 – 31 January, 2019


Lunchtime Talk

Robert Opie, Founder of the Museum of Brands talks about why and how the Museum evolved.
27 January, 2019 at 2pm


Yoga at the
Museum of Brands

Join us for a unique yoga experience every Tuesday morning from 22nd January.
7:45am – 8:45am

January 22, 2019 


We welcome families with a range of fun activities running throughout the year. Spend quality time together discovering your favourite brands and how we used to live. Our specially designed activities are free with Museum admission – and children under seven years go free.

Christmas Holidays

Discover a new take on the twelve days of Christmas with our family trail, this festive season.
1 December, 2018


A World
Without Brands

21 January, 2019

Why Do
People Buy?

4 February, 2019

in Marketing

21 February, 2019

Time Out
Visual Identity

23 February, 2019

How Healthy
is Advertising?

7 March, 2019

Can Marketing
Save Lives?

4 April, 2019

Digitising Behaviour

14 May, 2019


Discover how brands shape our world with your students. Chart the evolution of brands such as Cadbury and Heinz through changing consumer trends and shopping habits. Examine the power of packaging design to convey messages, protect products, and build a relationship between brand and consumer. We offer two kinds of student group experiences; taught workshops or self-guided visits.


Are you ready to enjoy Christmas at the Museum of Brands? We’re full of festive fun and have a wide range of entertainment and activities for your guests to enjoy. Come and explore our world famous collection with exclusive access to the Time Tunnel as well as our temporary exhibitions. We have old favourites alongside new discoveries to entertain and delight your guests all night.


Compiled by Robert Opie, the founder of the Museum, the series of 10 Scrapbooks provides a vivid insight into consumer culture and the ways that brands have evolved over time. Each scrapbook offers an evocative decade-specific catalogue of everyday visual culture, spanning from the Victorian era right up to the 1970s. Every purchase directly supports the Museum charity.


Complete your visit with a bite to eat and drink in our cafe, come and relax in our exotic award-winning garden. With homemade sandwiches and soups, great coffees and traditional drinks, such as Victorian lemonade and mugs of hot Bovril, our cafe is a great way to enhance your visit.

We have great deals for groups, booking is required.


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