Welcome

This is London’s story of an engineering family that changed the World. Brunel organised the world’s first underground concert party here in 1827, and the Museum celebrates and interprets music and theatre as well as engineering. The Museum is an educational charity.

  • National Lottery Fund support on Sir Marc Brunel's 250th birthday!

    The Brunel Museum secures National Lottery support 

    The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for ‘The Brunel Museum Reinvented’ project. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project will transform the Museum, putting one of the most significant feats of engineering in London’s history into a contemporary context as the birthplace of modern tunnelling systems. Due to complete in 2023, the project will preserve the historic building, improve visitor facilities, double the current exhibition space, and show for the first time the recently-acquired and pre-eminent collection of Marc Brunel’s Thames Tunnel watercolour designs. 

    Development funding of £200,000 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the Brunel Museum progress its plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant of £1.4m at a later date. Press Release visit News

     

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  • Midnight Apothecary

    Midnight Apothecary is back for an eighth summer season in our Rotherhithe rooftop garden. Join us every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer for a frequently changing botanical cocktail menu, concocted by our very own Cocktail Gardener Lottie Muir from delicious wild and foraged ingredients- many of which are grown in our garden. Expect a roaring campfire to toast marshmallows around, candlelight amongst the undergrowth and deliciously seasonal street food provided by our resident food vendors. We can’t wait to welcome you.

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  • Thames Tunnel Archive: A priceless acquisition

    In November last year the Brunel Museum was delighted to announce the acquisition of a priceless set of drawings, thanks to generous support from National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Art Fund, Friends of National Libraries, V&A Purchase Grant Fund and Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust. Many of the drawings executed by Brunel himself are exceptional for their beauty and artistic merit, for their technical detail and for the insight they give into the development of his career and his design.

    ‘The most significant collection of drawings relating to Brunel ever to come on the market’

    These beautiful watercolours are being conserved at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) before coming to the Brunel Museum where they will be on permanent display.

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  • Underground Theatre and Concert Hall

    Our programme ranges from school visits, heritage walks, boat trips, art installations and talks above ground, to theatre, concerts, cabaret and cocktails underground. All taking place along – and beneath! – the river.

    Visit our WHATS ON pages for details and email if you would like to hold an event here…

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