About Us

The Museum is an educational charity and tells the story of one of the world’s great engineering dynasties. 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.

Our Mission

To preserve and share widely the ground-breaking stories of the Thames Tunnel project and the outstanding achievements of the Brunel family and their relevance to our lives today. We inspire communities through exploration, learning and performance.


Opening Hours

We are open Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Entry to the Museum includes a guided tour of the Thames Tunnel Shaft. If you would like to visit outside these times please email hello@thebrunelmuseum.com


Private Tours

If you would like to visit outside these times, we offer private tours of the Brunel Museum, starting at £100 per group of up to 10 people. Bookings include a free Thames Tunnel Guide Book for all participants. If you would like to book, please email hello@thebrunelmuseum.com with the dates you would like to visit.


Our people


Katherine McAlpine joined the Museum as Director in January 2021. Our Heritage Manager is Julian Ayres. Part-time Finance Manager is Sarah Kuklewicz. For any enquiries please email us on: hello@thebrunelmuseum.com or phone on: 020 7231 3840 during opening hours.


Our volunteers range in length of service from seven years to one week and from actors to engineers. Read about our fantastic volunteers and why they enjoy sharing the Brunel stories so much.  Meet Our Volunteers.


Our trustees make sure we are run properly and help decide strategy: Dana Skelley OBE (Chair), Peronel Craddock, Tiffany Grimwade, Nick Mansell, Maureen Nolan, Kathy Adams (Hon Treasurer). Meet Our Trustees.

Further information

More information about the charity and its finances, including its Annual Reports, can be found at the Charity Commission website.

Company limited by guarantee No. 2488877. Registered Charity No. 1003287. Accredited Museum RD1961