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.

    We are, however, excited to be welcoming Katherine McAlpine as our new Director in January. Read the press release here:

    As you will no longer be able to 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.

    If you are looking for some Christmas activities, have a look at our Victorian Christmas page and find out the Brunel connection to Christmas cards! If you want something a bit more modern, check out StemazingKids Club – follow the link below, then click on the STEMAZINGKids Club button near the top of the page to access the two FREE Christmas sessions.

    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 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

  • 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.

    Become a Friend of the Brunel Museum here. Join to support the museum and get all sorts of discounts and membership perks.

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

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