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.

  • The Brunel Museum COVID-19 Crisis Appeal

    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. For example, a donation of £30 will cover our gas and oil for a month, a donation of £55 will pay for basic running costs for a day, a donation of £1,700 will pay for all our basic running costs for a month; we are grateful for any help you feel able to give, please. We will post regular bulletins to keep you updated and look forward to seeing you when we reopen.

     

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    Image: WORRYING TIMES…Gelatin silver print acquired at auction by the Brunel Museum in December 2018. Isambard Kingdom Brunel can be seen (second right) at the third attempt to launch his massive ship SS Great Eastern in November 1857 at Millwall Ironworks and Napier Yard, Isle of Dogs on the River Thames
  • The museum may be closed, but we still want to support our community

    We want to hear your stories about how you are coping with and adapting to being at home.

    If that includes shopping online, please consider making any Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile (you pay the same, but Amazon gives us 5p for every £10 you spend – which, if enough people do it, does add up).

    We will be updating our newsfeed frequently, so please do check out our News page and our social media accounts.

    If you are local (you work or live in Rotherhithe), we would appreciate a comment on (or a thumbs up to) our application to the local council for a project grant. The project focuses on the original tunnel shaft – to install heating and lift access in this charismatic space – in particular to give more flexibility all the year round. It will make it possible to deliver key activities in all seasons to support wellbeing, engagement with young people and developing skills in the engineering sector, especially for women. You can show your support for the project here – they will ask for some details to verify that you are local, however there is no cost to you.

    You can contact us on social media Twitter/Instagram/Facebook or by email: hello@thebrunelmuseum.com

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Update: Museum Closed from 18th March until further notice

    In the light of the most recent government directive on the Coronavirus we are sorry to advise that the museum will be closed from 18th March until further notice.
    The wellbeing and safety of our staff, visitors and volunteers is paramount and we consider this to be the wisest course of action for the time being.
    We look forward to seeing you in due course at the Museum.
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  • Join Our Volunteer Team

    The Brunel Museum needs volunteers to lead our popular guided tours and boat trips. We will provide script and training. We also need help greeting visitors, welcoming groups,  and serving in the cafe and shop. Can you spare one morning or afternoon a week to help at this small, friendly museum?

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  • Dana Skelley OBE appointed as new Chair of Trustees

    The museum is delighted to announce the appointment of one of the UK’s leading engineers as our new Chair of the Trustees. Dana brings a wealth of experience in rehabilitating London’s historic transport infrastructure, including the refurbishment of many of London’s Thames crossings including Battersea Bridge, Westminster Bridge and the Blackwall Tunnel.

    Dana is a strong advocate of the STEAM framework (science technology engineering arts and mathematics) in education and believes the Brunel museum with its rich history and newly acquired art and photography collections can and will become a global exemplar of the STEAM agenda.

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  • Midnight Apothecary

    The heady days of summer are gone, but a cosy bar inside welcomes you and the rooftop garden will still be open on fine days. Special events through the winter include December Cabaret, Christmas Sing-along and Wassail. Join us  for hot toddies and a special botanical cocktail menu, concocted by our very own Cocktail Gardener Lottie Muir from delicious wild and foraged ingredients- many of which are grown in our garden. Expect a roaring campfire to toast marshmallows around, candlelight amongst the undergrowth and deliciously seasonal street food provided by our resident food vendors. We can’t wait to welcome you.

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  • Underground Theatre and Concert Hall

    Our programme ranges from school visits, heritage walks, boat trips, art installations and talks above ground, to theatre, concerts, cabaret and cocktails underground. All taking place along – and beneath! – the river.

    Visit our WHAT’S ON pages for details and email if you would like to hold an event here…

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  • February Half Term Activities at the Brunel Museum!

     Arts, Crafts and Drama! – FULLY BOOKED

    STOP PRESS: We’ve now reached capacity, so please check back later in the year for our next holiday activities.

    Come and have active fun at the Brunel Museum during half-term for free! Visit our magical shaft, and meet the likes of Sir Marc Brunel and others who’ll help you build bridges, ward off “The Great Stink” and have fun creating your own paintings.

    One session each day, 11am – 1pm, free. Register now to guarantee your place.

    Aimed at children aged 7 to 12 years, but younger siblings welcome too.

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