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.

  • The Museum will be closed from Thursday 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December

    In the light of the new national restrictions from the 5th of November due to COVID-19 we are sorry to advise that the museum will be closed from Thursday 5th November to at least Wednesday 2nd December 2020 inclusive.

    In the meantime, we are pleased to launch our new Interactive Virtual Tours! Look around the museum site in 2020, in 1869, or even in 1843.

    Staff will continue working on museum business remotely not least because we have a six-month Culture Recovery project to deliver. They will be regularly visiting the Museum to check the collections and buildings and it is possible that some essential electrical works will be carried out in the tunnel shaft during November. We will keep you informed.

    Learning remains an important part of our mission, therefore as local schools remain open, we will continue to work with them. We are also working hard making improvements to our website, and will be increasing our virtual offering in a number of exciting ways.

    We look forward to seeing you in due course, until then, please keep in touch via email ( ) or social media.

    Dana Skelley OBE
    Chair Board of Trustees, The Brunel Museum

  • 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.


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