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 open 10:00 to 17:00 seven days a week, with regular late night openings.
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, has been opened up after 150 years, and the Museum is launching a campaign to fit out the huge chamber as a performance space. There are guided descents Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (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 walking tours: Tuesdays 18.15 and Sundays 10.45
Meet your guide Bermondsey tube station for a walk along the Thames or 75 minutes later at Museum for a descent into the underground chamber. Late opening after Tuesday walk. No booking required. More details.
Guided boat tours: Saturdays 10.45 and Thursdays 10.45
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.
We gratefully acknowledge Heritage Lottery Fund support in developing these tours.
Music in the Museum
Above the railway is a huge underground chamber half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe. Before the trains came this was an underground theatre and concert hall. Recently listed by Time Out as ‘one of London’s magical music venues’ and described by Radio 4′s Front Row as an underground cathedral. We host a busy programme of music events, above and below ground, from opera to world music to jazz, in what HiFi World described as ‘an underground recording studio’ .
Other Music Events More details
Theatre in the Museum
As part of Museums at Night we nervously present Theatre of Blood. A double bill of plays from Pandemonium Theatre, who bring two of their most acclaimed and gripping shows to the Underground Chamber. For two nights only you are invited into a dark and malevolent world of blood, revenge, violence and death. Followed by a stiff drink at the Midnight Apothecary. Book tickets here.
Midnight Apothecary – Saturdays 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 returns every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon from Easter weekend, this year featuring Greek chefs’ food pop-up I Should Be Souvlaki. More details
Hahahopscotch Summer 2014
It’s playtime for all ages as Hahahopscotch joins the Cocktail Gardener at the Brunel Museum for summer 2014. After heaps of fun in 2013, Hahahopscotch will be bringing their freckly, dishevelled and forgivably nostalgic play sessions back to the Brunel Museum gardens for this summer! More details
Three Day Brunel Tour: London to Bristol 11th -13th September 2014
Led by Museum director Robert Hulse and in partnership with ACE Cultural Tours. We start in London, as Brunel did, and follow his Great Western Railway via Maidenhead Bridge, Box Tunnel, STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway and Didcot Railway Centre, home of the Great Western Society . We stay two nights at the Avon Gorge Hotel for dinner and breakfast overlooking Brunel’s dramatic Clifton Suspension Bridge. More details and booking here.