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

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. Subject to Planning Approval, work on site begins end 2014 . 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.  No booking required. More details.

Guided walking tours: 10.45 Sunday and 17.15 Wednesday

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 detailsWe 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 News described as ‘an underground recording studio’ .

More details

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  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

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