The Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 3.30pm. Last entry is 3pm.

Order from our online shop by Tuesday 14th December to get your gifts in time for Christmas!

This is the local story of an engineering family that changed the world. As well as building the world’s first tunnel through soft ground under a navigable river, the Brunels hosted the first underground concert party here in 1827, and the museum celebrates both engineering and performance in its Grade II* listed Tunnel Shaft. The Brunel Museum is an educational charity.

  • Brunel Museum Open Weekends!

    We’re now open most weekends!
    We will be open 11:00 to 15:30 most Saturdays and Sundays.

    Please note that you will need to order from our online shop by Tuesday 14th December to get your gifts in time for Christmas!
    We are working hard making improvements to our website and online shop, and will be increasing our virtual offering in a number of exciting ways. Please contact us by email at if you have any feedback about the website (what is here now, or what you would like to see in the future).

    for you to do at home!

    We were excited to welcome Katherine McAlpine as our new Director in January. Read her director’s blog here: .

    You can listen to our collaborative podcast with History Storytime (aimed at primary-age children, though fun for anyone to listen to).

    If you like puzzles or colouring in, have a look at our ‘fun stuff’ page, for a mix of online and printable resources.

    We released several short films about the Rotherhithe Navvies on St. Patrick’s day 2021. Watch them to discover what life was like for the workers who actually dug the tunnel.

    Check out our news section for the latest goings-on.

    Much of our work is currently being funded by emergency grants from the Arts Council England and the National Lottery.

    Picture: Accelerate at the Brunel Museum 05-12 © Luke O’Donovan

  • The Brunel Museum COVID-19 Crisis Appeal

    Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

    Be the light at the end of the tunnel

    You can be the light at the end of the tunnel for The Brunel Museum by donating to our Virgin Giving Covid-19 Crisis Appeal or by making a donation during your visit.

    The Brunel Museum team hopes to build with you towards a positive new future, to inspire visitors and the local community through sharing new and improved facilities, a space for community events, new areas to display remarkable objects, and by celebrating our historic site in a way that celebrates innovation and ingenuity.

    Become a Friend of the Brunel Museum here. Join to support the museum and get all sorts of discounts and membership perks.

    For other ways to support the museum, please visit our Support Us page and/or peruse our Online Shop.

    If you want to keep up to date with Brunel Museum news, please check out our News page and follow us on Social Media: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube.

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