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.

  • 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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  • Midnight Apothecary Down the Shaft Film Club: Underwater Season

    Thursday 7th March & Thursday 21st March 2018

    Dive underground into one of London’s most unusual spaces to enjoy films that celebrate the magic of wild swimming. Midnight Apothecary presents an evening of campfire cocktails, hot toddies, marshmallow-toasting and beautiful short documentaries that explore the joy of water and the great outdoors. What better place to enjoy them than the entrance to Marc Brunel’s engineering masterpiece, the Thames Tunnel: the first tunnel under a navigable river anywhere in the world.

    Enjoy delicious streetfood, an introduction to the history of the space and award-winning documentaries accompanied by wild, botanical cocktails made from locally-sourced or foraged ingredients. Our cocktail garden with bonfire and hot toddies will be open all evening.

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  • Half term activities from children and families

    Days on the River! Morning on the boat, Afternoon on craft workshops in the Museum

    Half term activities for parents and children. Meet 10.30am prompt every day Embankment tube station for a boat trip under Brunel’s bridges to the launch ramps of his last great ship. Lunch on the boat or bring a picnic to the Museum.  Drop in craft sessions 2pm to 4pm every afternoon. No need to book, just turn up. Children free, adults £20 including ferry ticket OR just £6 museum admission for craft session.

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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 including Midnight Apothecary,  Piano in the Shaft and email if you would like to hold an event here…

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