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 late openings for special events.
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. Planning Approval has been given and work begins on site in 2015 . 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
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. Or meet at the Museum 1pm for the chamber only. No booking required. More details.
Guided walking tours: 10.45 Sunday and 16.30 Wednesday
Feast of St Patrick & Mother’s Day
14th March 6pm-11pm
Midnight Apothecary fans….we’ve decided to sneak a cheeky one in for St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day on Saturday 14th March. Signs of spring are springing as we approach the spring Equinox and this will be no ordinary celebration of the culture and heritage of Ireland. Oh no siree bob. For starters, the cocktails will botanically divine and contain more than a nod to stout, whisky and something green. Don’t you think your mum would enjoy that more than a dodgy roast on Sunday? Secondly, the ever wonderful Nathan and Joff will be on hand in the Engine House to soothe and stimulate you (and your mum) with hot jazz and a salute to the musical heritage of the emerald isle. Meanwhile I Should be Souvlaki will be sizzling their BBQ down on the terrace for you while up in the roof garden, we have made the garden ready for you to huddle round the firepit to toast your marshmallows with your ma. An optional guided descent into the underground Chamber is also available to you as part of the ticket price. What larks. Come on! http://www.wegottickets.com/brunelmuseum
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!