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This is the local story of an engineering family that changed the world.

As well as building the world’s first tunnel through soft ground under a navigable river, the Brunels hosted the first underwater concert party here in 1827
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Socks printed with Isambard Kingdom Brunel? A tea towel representing the Grand Opening of the Thames Tunnel? If you’re looking for something unusual for the engineer in your life, visit the museum shop.

Every purchase from our online shop directly supports the work we do at the Brunel Museum.

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We're open 11am – 5pm
Friday to Monday

Explore the history of the Thames Tunnel by visiting our Engine House exhibition and Grade II* listed Tunnel Shaft. 

The Brunel Museum is currently open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 11am-5pm. 

We also run Guided Tour Weekends every month, where one of our expert guides will take you an in-depth tour of the site, with talks held hourly.

Our next Guided Tour Weekends are:

  • Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October
  • Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October
  • Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November
  • Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November

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Help us share the ground-breaking stories of the Thames Tunnel and the outstanding achievements of the Brunel family and their relevance to our lives today.

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General admission: £6
Concession/Child: £4
Family ticket: £10
Art Pass: free entry

General admission: £9
Concession/Child: £6
Family ticket: £15
Art Pass: free entry

*Concessions are available for students and over 65s
*Family ticket includes up to 2 adults and 4 children

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schedule Opening times

Summer Opening Times
Until Sunday 22 October
Friday: 11:00am to 5:00pm | Last entry 4:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am to 5:00pm | Last entry 4:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am to 5:00pm | Last entry 4:30pm
Monday: 11:00am to 5:00pm | Last entry 4:30pm

From Monday 23 October until Sunday 31 March
Friday: 10:30am to 3:30pm | Last entry 3pm
Saturday: 10:30am to 3:30pm | Last entry 3pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 3:30pm | Last entry 3pm
Monday: 10:30am to 3:30pm | Last entry 3pm

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place Find us

Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue
Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF

020 7231 3840

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Launch: Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy

Launch: Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy What would life have been like for Young Isambard in 1820? London 1820: Revolution was in the air (both political and industrial) and Young Isambard was right in the middle of it – could there be a better subject for an action-adventure novel? As an adult, Isambard Kingdom …
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Book cover Mr Shah'as Marvellous Machines

Guest Blog: Learning through Play with Alom Shaha

We love learning through play at the Brunel Museum! So we thought we’d get our good friend and science teacher Alom Shaha to help explain why its so beneficial!   Learning Through Play   My eldest daughter started in reception at primary school in September, and in a “getting to know you” type of exercise, …
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#MuseumShopSunday: London Sock Exchange

Ahead of Museum Shop Sunday on 27 November, we’re showcasing a number of our suppliers. Below, Dan from London Sock Exchange who make our incredible IKB socks, reflects on how he thinks the man might respond to be stitched on a sock!   I co-founded The London Sock Exchange with my business partner Oli in …
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Crisis Appeal - Be the light at the end of the tunnel

You can be the light at the end of the tunnel for The Brunel Museum by donating to our Appeal or by making a donation during your visit.

The Brunel Museum team hopes to build with you towards a positive new future, to inspire visitors and the local community through sharing new and improved facilities, a space for community events, new areas to display remarkable objects, and by celebrating our historic site in a way that celebrates innovation and ingenuity. 

Explore our Collection

Explore our unique collection online – we’re working towards making an online record of the items in our collection, including…

Become a friend

Become a Friend of the Brunel Museum here. Join to support the museum and get all sorts of discounts and membership perks. 

Unique gifts

Our shop has a great selection of books about Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel as well as old prints, greeting cards, and souvenirs. 

Orders over £30 will qualify for free UK shipping.

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