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Brunel Museum, London

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The Brunel Museum is a museum in the Brunel Engine House, Rotherhithe, London Borough of Southwark. The Engine House was designed by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel to be part of the infrastructure of the Thames Tunnel.
The Engine House was designed by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel to be part of the infrastructure of the Thames Tunnel. It held steam-powered pumps used to extract water from the tunnel.
Since 1961 the building has been used as a museum displaying information on the construction of the tunnel and the other projects by Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Structural decay was prevented in 1975 by a charitable trust named "Brunel Exhibition Rotherhithe".
In 2006 the museum changed its name from Brunel Engine House to Brunel Museum and has expanded its exhibition to include a new mural on the shaft showing the tunnel shield, and other works by the Brunels, such as models of famous Brunel bridges incorporated into bench seating.
The Brunel Museum takes part in the Open House Weekend event every year and, until the East London Line's temporary closure in 2007, took parties of people through the tunnel on the Underground trains as part of a guided tour of the tunnel.
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  • I went here today as I was in the area and have an ArtFund Pass, so I got in free. The museum is small and perfectly formed - lots of historical information about the building of the tunnel that stret...  more »
  • Visited as part of London Walks Brunel your and spent an amazing 2.5 hours with Robert as the guide. He is the museum director, Brunel expert, a very engaging, charming person. Learnt so much about th...  more »
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  • My second visit to this small museum to take a friend. It's a very small museum for the price but it's well worth it if you're interested in Brunel or engineering etc. You get to visit and learn about the first ever tunnel under a river. There is a small display, a video on his life and I formation on some of his other projects. We were luck enough to be there as a walking tour of the area concluded in the shaft and we were allowed to tag along for the explanation of Brunel's endeavour from a charming local guide inside the shaft. The lady that worked the museum was excellent: friendly, knowledgeable and full of passion which is great to see. It's a little off the beaten track but an important structure that has helped develop London and tunneling technology worldwide!
  • If you travel on the London underground then this will give you an understanding of what was required to tunnel under the Thames. Friendly and helpful staff. Worth going to Wapping station to see the tunnels.
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