The Brunel Museum
Scheduled Ancient Monument, International Landmark Site, Oldest Tunnel in the Oldest Underground in the World. Down the River Thames, the launch ramps of Brunel’s Great Eastern, accessible by Thames Clipper and Masthouse Terrace Pier.
We are usually open 10:00 to 17:00 seven days a week, with regular late night openings. We are closed from 23rd-26th December and 30th December-2nd January.
The Museum gardens and launch ramps never close…
The collection is small, but the award winning display tells a big story:
The birth of the tube and the first modern ocean liner
Details of concerts, heritage walks, lectures, river trips and garden events with Midnight Apothecary below.
The Grand Entrance Hall, where young Brunel nearly drowned, was once the world’s first underground theatre. Before the trains came, the chamber echoed with applause for acrobats, tightrope walkers and serenaders. The space is open again after 150 years, and with support from the Association of Independent Museums and Biffa, the Museum is fitting out a spectacular new gallery and theatre. Subject to Planning Approval, work on site begins end 2014 . More details here http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/support-us/shaft-access-plan/
Meanwhile guided descents Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (see below) when intrepid visitors enter by narrow doorway and temporary staircase into a secret chamber.
The Museum can also be for booked for society visits and private events.
Guided boat tours: 10.45 Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday (not Dec 25th or Jan 1st)
Meet your guide Embankment tube station (not pier) for a boat trip along the Thames, then a train journey through the oldest tube tunnel in the world and a descent into the underground chamber. No booking required. More details.
Guided walking tours: 10.45 Sunday and 16.30 Wednesday (not Dec 24th or Dec 31st)
Concerts take place in our two wonderful performance spaces – the museum itself and the Thames Tunnel Shaft
The Thames Tunnel Shaft
The Thames Tunnel Shaft is a huge underground chamber, half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe, directly above the railway. Before the trains came, the shaft echoed with applause for acrobats, tightrope walkers and serenaders performing in the tunnel. Now the shaft is a unique and stunning concert venue. Time Out listed the shaft as one of ‘London’s magical music venues’ and Radio 4 described it as an ‘underground cathedral’ .
In the autumn and winter months concerts take place in the intimate setting of the museum itself. The museum has a wonderful acoustic, a lovely Bechstein grand piano and welcoming bar!
Singalong a Christmas Cocktails 20th December 5.30-10.30pm
Our famous Cocktail Gardener Lottie Muir serves exquisite drinks flavoured with herbs and fruits grown in the rooftop garden. The Apothecary is every Saturday through the summer and special events once a month during the winter. Featuring Greek chefs’ food pop-up I Should Be Souvlaki. More details
Subterranean Stories by the Stars
Sundays in December 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Tickets £6 on the door
Celebrity supporters of the Brunel Museum have written a Brunel story for Christmas. Zoë Wanamaker, Jo Brand, Michael Palin, Peter Ackroyd, Dan Snow and Adam Hart Davies will fill your Christmas stocking with an illustrated collection of eccentric tales, told inside the underground chamber by the Director of the Museum. The stories are available exclusively above the Thames Tunnel.