Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: 111-117 Lancaster Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1QT

Contact: +44 (0) 207 243 9610



Just around the corner from the world famous Portobello Road Market stands a treasure trove of retro design and memories. Imagine walking through galleries full to the brim with oddities and wonders alike, where every corner you turn leads you into a different decade that will open your eyes to the way we lived and shopped. The Museum of Brands now presents an even bigger history of consumer culture decade by decade from Victorian times to present day.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We facilitate taught sessions for education groups Monday-Friday. Each session consists of a one hour workshop and a self-directed tour of the Time Tunnel with activity sheets for learners to discover the ‘ancestors’ of today’s brands. See the Museum’s collection at your own pace, making links to your curriculum and class themes.

Advance booking is essential.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

The Museum of Brands presents the history of consumer culture, decade by decade, from the Victorian era to the present day. Our Learning programme offers taught sessions and self-guided visits, and we have subject-specific resources suitable for EYFS, Key Stages 1-4, GCSE, BTEC, FE & HE learners.

Our taught sessions are a great opportunity for learners to explore the collection and discover the ‘ancestors’ of today’s brands. Our handling collections enable learners to interact with objects from the last 150 years, and in our creative workshops learners can respond to design briefs.  Sessions are available Monday-Friday and can be arranged at times to suit your group.

Taught sessions include:

• Food & Shopping (EYFS)

• Chocolate (IPC Milepost 2 and Enabling Enterprise)

• Consumer History (KS1 & KS2)

• Packaging Design (KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, GCSE, FE & HE)

• Branding Evolution (GCSE, BTEC, FE & HE)

• Customer Profiling (GCSE, BTEC, FE & HE)

• Introductory Talks (GCSE, BTEC, FE & HE)

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What size groups do they cater for?

A taught session costs £120 for 25 learners. Additional learners cost £4.50 for students aged 16 and under, and £6.30 for students 17 and older.

Multi-group taught sessions are available. Standard group sizes apply and different activities can take place simultaneously.  Please email to arrange.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We have useful information guides and worksheets downloadable from our website, as well as a Risk Assessment document we can email upon enquiry.

Our Chocolate session maps to the IPC and Enterprise-based projects. We regularly review our resources against the National Curriculum and develop new resources to complement current topics. Our Intellectual Property & Branding session and our Marketing & Customer Profiling sessions have been mapped to BTEC business units.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

We do not allow photography within the Time Tunnel - sorry.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We have a risk assessment available on request – just send us an email.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

For taught sessions please contact our Learning Officer, Rose at

For group bookings, packages and introductory talks please contact the team at

You can call the office Monday – Friday on 0207 243 9610 for further information.

What does it cost?.

For Schools and Colleges, taught sessions cost £120 for up to 25 learners.  Additional learners cost £4.50 for students aged 16 and under, and £6.30 for students 17 and older.

You may pay by BACS, card or cheque. Payment must be received in advance of your visit.

Tuesday-Sunday the admission fee for groups of 10 or more is:

Adult £8.10

Students (17 years and older) £6.30

Children (16 years and younger) £4.50

For groups fewer than 10 people:

Adult £9

Students (17 years and older) £7

Children (16 years and younger) £5

You may pay on the day with card, cash or cheque.

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

Please bring a qualified first aider.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

The Museum has a gift shop which sells retro inspired items, many created from images in the collection. Our café offers a variety of hot and cold lunches.  Subject to availability, it is possible to book a space for learners to eat their packed lunches.  This must be booked in advance.

We also have goody bags available to pre-order.

We have a Portobello Road extension activity worksheet for FE & HE groups to explore the local area. Please contact Rose at for details.

Are there disabled facilities?

The Museum is on the ground floor and has full disabled access.  The Learning space is accessible via the lift.

What are your opening days and hours?

Monday: Closed to the public except on Bank Holidays. Open 09:30-17:30 for pre-booked Learning sessions for EYFS, through all the Key Stages to FE & HE.

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-18:00

Sunday: 11:00-17:00

Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Notting Hill Carnival (Last weekend in August).

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

I want to thank the Museum for hosting a visit from Niagara University students. We met with Laura who explained the history and purpose of the museum. It was a highly educational visit and the students were amazed at the amount of thought that goes into acquiring and presenting all the material. The students not only learned about the changes in packaging and advertising over time, but also the differences between the marketing of products in the U.K. and the U.S.

Associate Professor, Communication Studies Department, Niagara University, May 2015

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for allowing us to visit the museum and talk with you on Tuesday and for providing such an inspiring talk for the MA students. At the end of class one of the students said your talk was the highlight of their year so far in London - high praise indeed!

Assistant Professor of Communications and Visual Cultures, The American International University in London, Feb 2015

We have chosen this museum for our professional visit as our students are studying Marketing and Sales and it's a perfect place to make an interesting lesson. The students were impressed by the time tunnel and found it very useful for their future studies. Thank you very much!

Professor, CFA Stephenson, France, April 2014

Thanks for our great trip to the Museum of Brands. Both classes thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we found it really informative and interesting. The staff were fantastic and their enthusiasm and knowledge was clear to see. The trip was really well planned out and I thought both activities were pitched at an excellent level. The children all said they really enjoyed it and many have said they are going back with their families! We have recommended the trip to other years. Thanks again for a great day.

Teacher, Coleridge Primary School, November 2013

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

For further information please visit or call 0207 243 9610.

Please note: We have moved!

Due to the dramatic growth of the Museum of Brands we have moved to new, larger premises on Lancaster Road, just a short walk from Ladbroke Grove station.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Environment Centres Field Studies Green Awareness Historical Heritage Museums Science & Technology

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Design and Technology English Engineering Environmental Studies History Media Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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