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Brunel Museum, London

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  • Small museum, but it is amazing what this (sadly unknown) family of engineers accomplished. All these engineering firsts! They should be celebrated more than even Christopher Wren, and yet they langui...  more »
  • Wonderful experience, met outside Embarkment Tube for boat trip with talk by knowledgeable and passionate Guide along Thames to timber remnants of Great Eastern (Brunel's largest ship) launch site. Th...  more »
  • The Brunel family, Sir Marc Isambard Brunel and son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, have been at the forefront of engineering since they first put pencil to paper. This museum allows you to see one of the mo...  more »
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  • Small museum that gives a fascinating insight into the Brunel Thames tunnel. Enthusiastic volunteer staff. The recently opened Grand Entrance Hall is worth the cheap entry price! Not some major museum but we'll worth a stop off in a historic part of London.
  • Me and my husband absolutely adored this charming, quirky little museum. We have Art Fund Passes, which allowed us to get in free. The staff were friendly and helpful and we also enjoyed the DVD presentation. The tunnel itself was really atmospheric and a huge improvement from the temporary staircase which was in place a few years back. Recommended.
  • I've never visited the actual museum. I have, however, been taken on a tour of the underground chamber that Brunel sunk back in the 1800s. It was part of a tunnel that crossed the width of the Thames but these days the tunnel is not accessible. But the chamber is and it is wonderful for concerts. I would highly recommend the bi-weekly tour and talk, but this place is best visited in the summer, when they host concerts in the chamber and cocktails and marshmallow roasting in the rooftop garden. A real hidden gem, well off the beaten track. I saw some contemporary classical music performed here and, down underground, it sounded fantastic. This place is even more accessible these days as a very stylish and freestanding staircase has been built. One day I'll visit the actual museum I'm sure but before that I reckon I'll be able to fit in another summer of concerts and cocktails.
  • A small museum about Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, with really friendly staff. When you visit, don't forget to ask to see the 'shaft' - it's in a separate building, and was renovated in 2016. The cafe is the cheapest I've found in London (£1 for a tea or coffee) and they usually have a few cakes. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Old boiler house with the adjoining old well in to which you have to walk down with the history book to listen to the guide what has been said in the book with slideshow which describes tunnel as eighth wonder.

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