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Brunel Museum

Address: Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7231 3840
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Ranked #449 of 924 Attractions in London
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames Tunnels' history of...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames Tunnels' history of construction.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking

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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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94 reviews 94 reviews
62 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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Shoeburyness
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Ontario
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76 reviews 76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Visiting as part of open house I was at first disappointed with the little museum which was interesting but only took about 10 minutes to see and I thought was the whole experience. Then I was told this was only the entree. An awkward climb led down into the huge space that forms the original entrance hall. You literally have... More 

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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Probably the best value cuppa in all of London! Unfortunately we got there too late to see the DVD but the place opened my eyes to the skills and creations of the two great Brunels; father and son: Marc and Isambard Kingdom. Thank you.

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Chertsey, United Kingdom
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46 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe is a little different to most London Museums. It is staffed by volunteers and is quite a small establishment. its chief interest is the building itself, the original pumping-house for the world's first underwater tunnel. There are a lot of items on display but very few original artifacts. However, the museum tells a fascinating story... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went here with a group of friends yesterday evening - primarily for the cocktails in the herb garden on the roof. Really lovely venue and atmosphere. What I hadn't realised was that the price of the ticket (a very reaosnable 5 pounds) also included a tour of the big tunnel underground, from a very knowledgeable guide. Really interesting stuff. The... More 

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Signposted easily from the tube station - just as well as we hadn't brought our map! We were encouraged to watch the video, which was really interesting. Upstairs there are posters telling the story of Marc Brunel's building of the first tunnel under the Thames, with an interesting model of the tunnelling machine he used. There are some medals which... More 

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