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Address: Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7231 3840
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames...
Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames Tunnels' history of construction.
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The only real museum to the great engineer and his father. Very, very compact but tells the tale well. Amazing vision and skills when engineering was in its infancy but Brunel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The only real museum to the great engineer and his father. Very, very compact but tells the tale well. Amazing vision and skills when engineering was in its infancy but Brunel managed to delivered major ground breaking projects. Today's Health & Safety would not be happy though. Video volume too low for surrounding noise and DVD prone to stick, but... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Did we miss something? Other reviews seem to find something here that we didn't. We found the video useful but nothing we didn't know before, some of the information boards were just propped up against other boards, there was no explanation as to the actual building and how it was used, which was the engine house for the project. The... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The coach tour from our local area to Rotherhithe included a visit here and although very small, I found the museum interesting. The video presentation on the lower level should preferably be seen first before going on to the information boards, displays and artefacts on the higher level. Despite the small space there is a good gift/bookshop here. I knew... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I had some time to kill while waiting for a friend and stumbled upon this museum. The tunnel entrance was unfortunately closed when I was there, so I could only see the small exhibit set up and watch the informational video. Nevertheless, I learned quite a bit and enjoyed seeing some old artifacts from the construction of the tunnel. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a small museum with general info and a video regarding the work of the Brunels with regard to the tunnel under the Thames. The museum is built at what used to be the entrance. Actual entrance to the tunnel is only on certain days, pay in the museum to go in with the guide. We had done a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is a great friendly little museum. If you like the Brunel boys, London, Industrial Revolution, The Thames, Tunnels, Railways etc this is the place for you. Beware though the depths of the tunnel are only accessible at certain times of the day, I am 6ft and had to crawl through the "door" to enter the scaffold constructed staircase, not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Having seen a film about underground London I went along to see what this museum has to offer. It is run by volunteers but is worth a visit if you are in the area e.g. combine it with a tour of the Rotherhithe area, to see the way the London Docks have been transformed. There are many gems of history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Museum is set in Brunel's former engine house and is staffed by friendly volunteers. It's not a great big massive museum like the one's in Kensington (e.g. Science Museum), just a small one which is only a 2 minute walk from Rotherhithe station. Added bonus was a tour of the former entrance shaft (ventilation shaft when it became a rail... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

London walks advertises a Thursday morning walk "Brunel's London" which includes a boat ride on the Thames, a train ride through Docklands and Brunel tunnel (from one side of the Thames to the other) and a good bit of walking to marvel at the many achievements the Brunel dinasty achieved in the Engineering field (bridges, ships, railways, tunnels and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A man who occupies such a large place in british history deserves more than this tiny cramped museum. Staffed by volunteers who do there best with the space provided. For us it was a fitting end to an excellent guided Brunel tour. It's sad and suprising that such a great man is not better represented in a city that thrives... More 

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