Museum closed from Wednesday 16th December until further notice.
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.
Closed from Wednesday 16th December 2020 until further notice
We are now closed until further notice, due to coronavirus restrictions in London.
for you to do at home!
We were excited to welcome Katherine McAlpine as our new Director in January. Read the press release here: Read her first director’s blog here: .
As you cannot currently visit us in person, 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.
You can listen to our collaborative podcast with History Storytime (aimed at primary-age children, though fun for anyone to listen to).
For LGBTQ+ history month, we have some new videos about the place of the Thames Tunnel in LGBTQ+ History.
If you like puzzles or colouring in, have a look at our ‘fun stuff’ page, for a mix of online and printable resources.
The Victorians invented the modern British Christmas. Find out the Brunel connection to the first Christmas cards, and try some of the activities they may have partaken in. No need to say humbug to Christmas activities just because it isn’t December!
If Christmas isn’t your thing, 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.
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 email@example.com if you have any feedback about the website (what is here now, or what you would like to see in the future).
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
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.
You can also sign up to our newsletter, published around once per month.
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