Here is 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

Graphic Design of World War One

To commemorate the end of the First World War, we are extending our permanent displays with items from this pivotal moment in history.
Open from the 11 November 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


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


Design for Happiness

19 November, 2018

Nudge, Shove or Shock?

3 December, 2018

How to Build Your Brand

10 December, 2018

A World Without Brands

21 January, 2019

Partnerships in Marketing

21 February, 2019

Can Marketing Save Lives?

4 April, 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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