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Brunel Museum

Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF, England
020 7231 3840
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Ranked #594 of 1,135 Attractions in London
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames Tunnels' history of construction.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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76 reviews 76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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4 attraction reviews
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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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132 reviews 132 reviews
37 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Harlow, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Going in to the Grand Chamber was one of the highlights of a great weekend. Fantastic tour guide bought it all to life. Go there early evening and have a cocktail in the garden, we didn't have time but it looked very very inviting Find this place and go!

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The Netherlands
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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We visited the museum and the site. There is some good information on the first tunnel under the Thames River. The museum will expand in the future, given more people will visit it. Worth going.

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I visited the museum at the end of London Walk's Brunel tour. This included a privileged visit to the original access shaft which is closed to the public (not easy to climb into, by the way). That made is rather more interesting than it would be otherwise. The were 20 people in the tour group and they stayed in the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My son and I went on the TFL tour of the Brunel Thames tunnel which was very interesting and we decided to go in the Brunel museum afterwards as it was very close by. However, we only spent about 5 minutes in there and were quite disappointed. The museum is set in a lovely original engine house, but it felt... More

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