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

Stories about Thames and East India Company in ‘All Our Stories’ with Heritage Lottery Fund

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

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.

Make a donation to the Brunel Museum

Special 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 not April 26

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 Wednesday walk. No booking required. More details
We gratefully acknowledge Heritage Lottery Fund support in developing these tours.


Midnight Apothecary partnership with 

The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show 

The Goonies
24th April 8pm

The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show comes to Rotherhithe with special event to celebrate Sir Marc Brunel’s birthday. Midnight Apothecary and the Brunel Museum have teamed up with the Film company to present cult film The Goonies and . You will be immersed, quite literally, into an underworld with the soundscape of the Overground just a metre from your feet in Brunel’s vast underground tunnel chamber! At 6pm our enchanted candle-lit garden opens. The film begins at 8pm. You’ll have time to return to the garden after the screening for last orders at 10pm. Tickets and more details available soon


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’ .

The Museum

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!

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