Family learning

There are lots of things for families to do at the Brunel Museum…

As part of Open House Families Weekend we are running engineering-themed activities aimed at young people. We will be giving talks based on Brunel’s achievements, and participants will use common items to learn about engineering problem solving in construction.

Britain has a proud engineering heritage and 2018 is the Year of Engineering so what better time to join us for Open House Families Weekend and explore the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Discover how he shaped the world we live in today and how you can shape the future of the world we live in.

More information available here.

Make your own Thames Tunnel

It took Brunel 18 years to Tunnel under the Thames but with our craft kits your child can design and build and their own miniature Thames Tunnel in 18 minutes.


Ship of Blue Prints

Our ship shape picnic table in the lower garden has 100 tiles illustrating 100 Brunel projects. We have intentionally left some of the tiles blank. You and your child can sit admire Brunel’s plans and draw your own.


Bench bridges

In our outdoor piazza we have three sculptured benches, Brunel Bridges in miniature, that show two different bridge constructions: arch and suspension, and Brunel’s last great Bridge (the Royal Albert – which features a train!) is a a mixture of both.


Activity sheets

We have a range of activity sheets designed to support your child’s learning experience while at the museum. these can be found here for you to print and bring with you.