Bring your family along for a fantastic adventure through the Brunel Museum’s underground tunnels, shafts and circus workshops.
Have you heard of The Brunel museum? Reopening on the 22nd May at 11 am, this museum celebrating East London history awaits your family. Situated on the historic Rotherhithe site of the Thames tunnel, hiding behind the leafy green surroundings, the chimney of the pump house just pops out. One of London’s best kept secrets, the museum celebrates the history of Marc Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s historic Thames Tunnel. The first tunnel of its kind. It is a place to learn and discover the inventive engineering site and the machines that made it work; a family day out with something for the adults too.
Whilst there, you can experience a visit to the famous tunnel shaft, Engine house, and the pumping engines now filled with the museum’s fascinating collections. The Grade II listed shaft into the Grand Entrance hall immerses you into the incredible engineering genius of the Brunels.
Join the Brunel Museum this Half Term
From Saturday 29th May, the museum and surrounding Piazza will be hosting numerous activities and events to keep you and the kids busy. A life size peep show of the Thames Tunnel will be put up in the Piazza and creative art projects will be running throughout the day with a circus theme. Your family will be able to walk through the newly opened tunnel itself to see what really goes on down there.
To round off the week on June 5th and 6th, there will be a Community open weekend, two days of silliness, and a little bit of seriousness. A circus workshop where you can learn a few tricks. If you’ve never quite perfected that hula-hooping or juggling, nows your chance! If your brave enough you can go back in time deep down below London to visit the Thames tunnel shaft 16 meters underground, a crazy example of Victorian engineering.
For those who can’t wait to attend in person, you can visit their Youtube Channel and view their recently added films.
And because visiting a museum with children often means you don’t get to read the information, why not listen to this podcast all about Isambard Kingdom Brunel before you go? https://www.historystorytime.com/e/isambard-kingdon-brunel-with-the-brunel-museum/
Open: Every weekend 11am-5pm in term time & everyday during school holidays.
Tickets: £6, £4 concession, £10 family and free for under 5s and friends of the Brunel Museum.