This is London’s story of an engineering family that changed the World. Brunel organised the world’s first underground concert party here in 1827, and the Museum celebrates and interprets music and theatre as well as engineering. The Museum is an educational charity.
Museum Now Open!
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We’re delighted that The Brunel Museum has reopened, having been closed since the UK went into lockdown in March. The museum is open to general visitors 12pm – 5pm Monday – Saturday and 1pm – 5pm on Sunday.
Ensuring the safety of our visitors is always a priority, and during this time the museum will:
- Ensure a plentiful supply of hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes
- Undertake frequent cleaning of the museum and toilet facilities
- Introduce prominent signage reminding visitors to keep a safe distance and take necessary measures to observe new hygiene guidelines
- Ensure the museum is well ventilated
- Request visitors pay by card if possible
- Capture names and email addresses / phone numbers of visitors to facilitate any contact tracing that may be necessary
Alongside reopening for general visits, the museum is back to running events for families and the local community. Full details of these events are available on the events page.Read More
The Brunel Museum COVID-19 Crisis AppealBe the light at the end of the tunnelThe 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.But in the short term, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum faces a big challenge to be able to survive financially, to ensure it is still around to embark on that promising future. We are struggling to cover our basic running costs for this incredibly important historic site, which needs regular care and attention.The Museum has reopened to visitors and is committed to providing a quality experience, and to running workshops and events that continue with our mission to energise and inspire young people and their families. But the pandemic means that we haven’t been able to run some of the activities that help sustain us financially in normal times. And we need your help. The Museum is run by an independent charitable trust and receives no public funding. Whilst we are delighted to be open for the time being, every donation will make a difference and help to prevent permanent closure.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.
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Dr Cathy Pütz is a museum professional with 20 years’ experience in senior management roles within the UK’s premier museums. Most recently she ran the Victoria and Albert Museum’s pioneering national and international exhibition touring programme, setting up major new partnerships. She has previously held positions as Head of Exhibitions at the National Gallery, London, Head of Exhibitions at the RIBA, Head of Exhibition Co-ordination at Tate Britain, and she was the Courtauld Gallery’s first Registrar. She had a senior career in international publishing before her museums career, working for the Economist newspaper, the BBC, and Reed International Publishing. She was awarded her Doctorate on Cubist Sculpture in 1999 at the Courtauld Institute, London, and has been widely published on the subject of modernist European sculpture.
In her own words: “The Museum has rich resources to share, in the incredible history of the site, and the fantastic stories of the Brunel family that connect so well with current debates around sustainability and the need for resilience and self-belief. The site and its stories also have the power to inspire us to look at the wider possibilities of engineering, encouraging us all to engage with innovative thinking around the need for greener and more sustainable cities. Do take a look at our new visitor charter and celebrate with us the values at the heart of the Brunels’ story…Read More
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