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.

  • The Museum will be open from Wednesday 2nd December

    In line with government guidelines, we are pleased to announce that the museum will re-open on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

    In the meantime, we hope you will visit virtually with our new Interactive Virtual Tours! Look around the museum site in 2020, in 1869, or even in 1843.

    We look forward to welcoming you in person soon, and hope to share exciting news about our upcoming tour schedule in the next week or so.

    Learning remains an important part of our mission, therefore as local schools remain open, we will continue to work with them. We are also working hard making improvements to our website, and will be increasing our virtual offering in a number of exciting ways.

    We are currently working with a school, Spectrum Drama, and local residents on a Christmas reminiscences project. Please get in touch if you would be willing to share your memories of Christmases past.

    If you are interested in joining our team as our new development manager, please take a look at the vacancy details and get in touch.

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

  • The Brunel Museum COVID-19 Crisis Appeal

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    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.


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

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