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 to Reopen Monday 10th August 2020

Return of the Midnight Apothecary – scroll down to see upcoming events!


  • Doors reopen to visitors on Monday 10 August 2020

    We’re delighted to announce that The Brunel Museum will reopen its doors to visitors on Monday 10 August 2020, having been closed since the UK went into lockdown in March. The museum will be open to visitors 12pm – 5pm Monday – Saturday and 1pm – 5pm on Sunday throughout the summer.

    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
    • Move to card payments only
    • Capture names and email addresses / hone numbers of visitors to facilitate any contact tracing that may be necessary

    Alongside reopening for visitors, the museum will run a series of summer events for families and the local community starting mid August. Full details of the summer community events will be available on the website in advance.

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  • Meet the New Director, Dr Cathy Putz

    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…

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  • The Brunel Museum COVID-19 Crisis Appeal

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    The doors to our Museum, housed in Brunel’s Engine House and the adjoining Thames Tunnel Shaft in Rotherhithe had to close in March. When our doors closed, vital visitor and events income stopped overnight and we are now struggling to cover our basic running costs for this incredibly important historic site, which needs regular care and attention, whether closed or not.

    The Museum is run by an independent charitable trust and receives no public funding. Every donation will make a difference and help to prevent permanent closure.

    Read more on our Crisis Appeal here. For other ways to help, click here.