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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.

  • Happy 250th Birthday Sir Marc Brunel!

    Marc Brunel, the father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the most innovative engineers of his day. He was born on April 25th 1769 Hacqueville, France. He joined the French Navy but had to flee France because of his outspoken royalist views. He emigrated to America where he became Chief Engineer of the port of New York, and later settled in England to found a dynasty. We are celebrating!

    16th May 6.15pm Institution Civil Engineers. Sir Marc Brunel 250th Anniversary Lecture: Original Thames Tunnel Drawings. Listen with captioned pictures here to the talk at the Annual General Meeting of the British Tunnelling Society. Begins 10 minutes into the recording.

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  • Midnight Apothecary

    The long wait is over! Midnight Apothecary is returning for our 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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