The world’s most significant Brunel collection opens to the public on Friday 23 March
The new museum exploring the life and legacy of one of engineering’s greatest minds - Isambard Kingdom Brunel - will open to visitors on 23 March 2018. Bringing to the public for the first time the world’s most significant collection on Brunel, this museum will allow visitors to discover the man who built Britain, from ocean liners like the SS Great Britain, which transformed the way we travel, to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Being Brunel will comprise six galleries and some 150 of Brunel’s personal artefacts, brought together to share the most significant insights into Brunel’s influence on the world. Visitors will step into a recreation of the drawing office where Brunel and his team worked on final designs for the SS Great Britain. With tremendous attention to detail, the office has been reconstructed based on a watercolour painted by his niece, and creates a fully immersive encounter with Brunel’s environment - from its sounds and scents through to the colour of the paint based on evidence found in his original office.
Visitors to Being Brunel will discover the man behind the extraordinary engineering talent, from his unique relationship with his father, his entrepreneurial talent and design skill through to his love for the arts and drama. The museum will unravel Brunel’s astonishing story through personal possessions.
The museum will use interactive storytelling techniques to help visitors appreciate the great thinker. Interactive exhibits include boarding a shaking 1830s broad-gauge railway carriage where ‘passengers’ will be able to compare their drawing skills to Brunel’s while travelling. Visitors will also step into Brunel’s mind for a multi-sensory cinema experience where they will observe extraordinary moments from his life as if they were seeing it through his eyes.