Brunel Museum

Museums, Military and maritime Rotherhithe
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Brunel Museum
© Bryan Jones, Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum commemorates Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first and last projects. An exhibition celebrates the Thames Tunnel as the birthplace of the tube system, and the Great Eastern steamship as the first modern ocean liner. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and International Landmark Site above the oldest tunnel in the Underground. Watercolours, engravings, and models explain this epic feat of engineering and tell the story of the men who worked in the dark, dodging flames and raw sewage every day.


Venue name: Brunel Museum
Address: Railway Avenue
SE16 4LF
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Transport: Rail: Rotherhithe Overground
Price: £6, £4 concs, £10 families
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Jennifer S

I came here as part of the Midnight Apothecary so my review really tailors around that. What a waste of my money! The two tickets I paid for included marshmallows and music; for the ticket amount, a drink should have been included. Rather drinks are an additional £7-8. Greek food (only grilled cheese for vegetarians) is additional money and cash only. Would've been smart if the organizers had bothered to let us know via email beforehand.

It turns out anyone could have walked up to the roof to roast marshmallows; no one was checking wristbands there. The music was held in the freezing ass cold tunnel so after just a few minutes there, and bundled in puffer jackets, we couldn't feel our toes. I was told no heaters could be brought in because of soot in the atmosphere; fair enough but then choose another venue for this!

There was mass confusion about a token system, with people asking each other about it whilst standing in queues and even a ticket person saying he didn't understand why someone upstairs was talking about tokens.

The museum itself is mildly interesting.

Never again.

Yen N

The arts and culture programme of the museum is a wonderful addition to the local area, bringing a mixture of a rooftop cocktail garden, atmospheric concerts inside the tunnel shaft, pop up food events as well as other random quirky stuff that has been sorely missing from Rotherhithe and Canada Water

Michael G

The new entrance to the Tunnel shaft has revolutionised this great local museum. It's now a quirky & hip concert venue and when the Midnight Apothecary is running on the Tunnel roof its hard to beat!

kat t

saturday nights toasting marshmallows around the fire, it dorsn't get better than that

Dave Costello


Descending down for the tour was fun and information was very interesting. The games were geared for children aged 3-5. The cocktails in the garden were outstanding.

Toe Rag

Really great walking tour from Bermondsey tube to the Brunel museum itself.