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Address: Brunel Engine House Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7231 3840
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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There isn't a lot to see in the museum, but I come here for the Midnight Apothecary. Cocktails may be overpriced at £8 but you won't find the like of them anywhere else, the staff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There isn't a lot to see in the museum, but I come here for the Midnight Apothecary. Cocktails may be overpriced at £8 but you won't find the like of them anywhere else, the staff are friendly and the tunnel shaft is always worth a visit. Even better when Would Be Souvlaki are there with their tasty wraps.

Thank Lucia Z
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having done no research into the museum before the visit, we expected the Brunel Museum to contain artefacts relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and celebrate his many engineering achievements. For £6 each, you view a small number of posters & a documentary about the early history of the Rotherhithe tunnel. Overpriced and under whelming.

Thank daihardtoo
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really important part of London's history that we knew nothing about. We were walking the Thames Path and stumbled across it. We were lucky that a walking tour was about to go down into the entrance to what was the first tunnel under the river. The guide was fantastic - a real pro. He gave a wonderful... More 

Thank Karen C
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited the Brunel Museum for it's Midnight Apothecary event on numerous occasions in the past couple of months and I think that it is the perfect place to cap off the working week. It's ideal for couples and families and has a really welcoming vibe; I have seen people from all ages attend this event. The cocktails are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Visited the Brunel Museum for "Midnight Apothecary", in the garden above the tunnel shaft. I don't like to leave a "poor" review, but I was very disappointed both in the event, and with the museum. Midnight Apothecary takes place in a rather cramped garden, there's not much room to sit and then only on rickety planks, and though the fire... More 

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Estero, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

See collected stories & existing real traces of the Brunel engineering marvels. Great lessons from life of father/son big dreamers.Small still developing museum well worth a stop. very engaging curator, passonate & extremely knowlegable of the subject. They have a nice selection of books on industrial age, focused on M. & I. Brunel's contributions. Come discover who built a colossal... More 

2 Thank Harl3yR1d3r
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

The best way to enjoy this small museum, in my opinion, is to take the London Walk experience with the boat from embankment. This way you can fully appreciate the importance of the Brunel family in the history of technology, and enjoy great views of the Thames and its banks at the same time. Our brilliant guide was the Museum... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Visited the museum as part of a London Walk, the walk was not one of the best and the museum was a disappointment. The £6 charge is ridiculous. There is little to see apart from some information boards. The tunnel shaft is impressive and our walk ended there, when we tried to get back to view it properly the door... More 

Thank KAW687
Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We were so excited to visit this museum. The Brunel Museum commemorates Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first and last projects. An exhibition celebrates the Thames Tunnel as the birthplace of the tube system, and the Great Eastern steamship as the first modern ocean liner. Watercolors, engravings, and models explain this epic feat of engineering and tell the story of the men... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

The most disappointing museum we visited, and the documentary film especially bad - not keeping clear the stories of the two Brunels; strange choices of "talking heads", not all of whom were easy to hear; and showing endless shots, with dreedle music and no information, of only a few of IKB's works.

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