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Become Brunel's Apprentice This Summer

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Become Brunel's Apprentice

Monday 23 July - Sunday 2 September 2018

Various times

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Visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain this summer where Brunel is looking for his next apprentice.

Grab an engineer’s satchel

Daily, 10am - 6pm

Included in the price of admission

Filled with all the tools you’ll need, enjoy exciting activities in the dockyard and on board the ship. Explore the SS Great Britain, solve problems and learn the many skills that make a great engineer.

Brunel: Building the Impossible

Daily, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Included in the price of admission

Discover more about engineering in our amazing summer science show. Hosted by Mr. Brunel himself, the performance will be filled with fascinating facts and daring demonstrations, celebrating 2018’s Year of Engineering. Apprentices young and old, will be inspired by the SS Great Britain and the extraordinary man who made her.
Performances will run three times a day, every day and last 20-30 minutes.

Explore the life of one of engineering's greatest minds

Daily, 10am - 6pm

Included in the price of admission

New for 2018, Being Brunel celebrates the life and legacy of Britain’s hero engineer. Discover never-before-seen personal possessions, then get inside Brunel’s mind and experience life through his own eyes in an immersive audio-visual experience.

Hear fascinating stories from curators

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and the first two Saturdays of every month, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Free drop-in sessions

The Brunel Institute will be open for families to get up close to objects from the collection and hear their incredible history from the curators in Archive in Five.


Daily, 12pm - 5pm

Free for under 18s, £10 for over 18s

Scale the rigging 30 metres above the Dry Dock floor with Go Aloft!, and then walk out onto the main yard for a unique and breathtaking view of Bristol, now free for under 18s!

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