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Donate and support our development plans. The Brunel Museum commemorates Brunel’s first and last projects: the first metro and the first modern ocean liner. We are a small registered charity depending on the generous support of the public.

Enlarge 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 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 £50 will pay for basic running costs for a day, a donation of £1,500 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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The Brunel Museum Reinvented

We are continually working to preserve and improve this important International Landmark. Our first phase, opened in November 2016, enhanced the historic Grand Entrance Hall with a new entrance, viewing platform, and staircase. Opened by Prince Edward, the Entrance Hall is now accessible to all visitors and a lively venue for events.

Our next project, ‘The Brunel Museum Reinvented’ will transform the whole Museum, putting one of the most significant feats of engineering in London’s history into a contemporary context as the birthplace of modern tunnelling systems. Due to complete in 2023, we will preserve the historic buildings, improve visitor facilities, double the current exhibition space, and show for the first time our recently acquired and pre-eminent collection of Marc Brunel’s Thames Tunnel watercolour designs.

We are delighted to have received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for ‘The Brunel Museum Reinvented’, which will allow us to develop further our plans for the site. We are now fundraising for the delivery phase of the project, to make these plans a reality.

As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals and organisations for these essential museum projects. Please contact us on if you can help.