Family and Children

Museums are places to be entertained and inspired, and we try to make learning fun and our events unusual. The Brunels did not just build bridges and tunnels, they organised concert parties, dance events, underwater banquets, fairgrounds and shopping arcades. Brunel was not just an engineer, he was an impresario and showman.

  • Half term activities

    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.

    Monday 18th February 

    Peepshow in Stereo

    Before photography, peepshows were a popular way to remember places you had visited. Come along and make your own peepshow as a memento of your visit to the Museum.


    Tuesday 19th February 

    Make your own Valentines Decoupage Frames

    Love is in the air…..       “You tell me your dreams, I’ll tell you mine”
    The Victorian era was a romantic time. Decoupage was a popular pastime for Victorians who made Valentine’s gifts, using dried flowers, pictures, ribbons, material and even hair. Most of the first valentines were handmade with excessively ornate drawings and cut outs and decorated with any and everything from ribbons, dried flowers and feathers to locks


    Wednesday 20th February 

    Challenge yourself with our Young Engineer Workshop. Design and build your own bridge

    How strong is a piece of paper? How long can you build a bridge? Where are Brunel’s Bridges in London? What is the longest bridge in the world? Join us for a session that makes structural engineering simple! Design and build bridges using recycled materials whilst learning about the life and times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

    Thursday 21st February 

    Design a medal to commemorate the launch of the Great Eastern 1858


    Friday 22nd February 

    Keep the Victorian stench away with your own fragrant herb bag!

    Oh the smell, the smell, the terrible smell. In 1858 the river Thames was full to burst with wee and poo! A mix of human waste, slaughterhouse waste and industrial chemicals poured freely into the River Thames, turning it into an open sewer. Can you image the smell? By the summer of 1858, the smell from the river was so bad; they called it “The Great Stink”. Join us and make your own delightful smelling herb bag to ward off the stench, carry it with you like the Victorians used to do, you never know when you might encounter a stench!

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  • Summer playscheme

    Summer Playscheme is now over.

    Every summer we run a two-week Play Scheme celebrating the Thames Tunnel Fancy Fair of 1852. Thank you to all the children that came and their parents/carers for bringing them. It has been a lovely two weeks. Check out our blog, facebook page or twitter feed for updates and photos from the fortnight of fun and games. See you next year!



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  • Activity sheets

    Make the most of your visit to the museum with your family with our activity sheets, designed to help children and young people explore the Museum and tell the story of the Brunel’s and the Thames Tunnel.

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