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 22nd-26th December and 29th 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. 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 Dec 24th or Dec 31st)
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 Brunel stories 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. Each Sunday the stories are told inside the atmospheric underground chamber by the Museum Curator. The story cards are available exclusively from The Brunel Museum.
Singalong a Christmas Cocktails 20th December 5.30-10.30pm
A Special with the incredible Nathan Osgood Trio and Friends. Belt out all the old favourites from The Pogues and Wham to Nat King Cole and Elvis….and a carol or two. Songsheets provided. And toasted marshmallows. And roaring fire. And Christmas cocktails and tasty morsels. Just the same as usual. Only even better! Starts 6pm. Last orders 10pm. Tickets £5 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/295700. 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
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!