A day out at the SS Great Britain always goes down well. Our kids run about excitedly exploring above and below deck, while my husband gets his geek fix with all the history and engineering. And I could prance about in that room full of fancy dress all day!
So news of the new Being Brunel museum went down pretty well and we had a great time exploring it with the Bristol Bloggers crew on opening weekend.
As soon as you walk in you’re off to a good start with a chance to recreate the famous photo of Brunel standing in front of the Great Eastern launching chains. Grab a stovepipe hat and strike your best pose before moving into the Shakespeare Room, a recreation of Brunel’s London home.
The main museum hall is dominated with an eight meter model of Brunel’s head that towers over you as you wander round the exhibits. Underneath him, the moving 1830s broad-gauge railway carriage was the highlight of our visit. Brunel wanted to create a rail journey so smooth you could draw a perfect circle and this exhibit gives you the chance to try it for yourself on several iPads. Check out the story highlights on the BAM Instagram feed for some wobbly train action! What I loved about this was that my 4 year old and 2 year old were enjoying it as much as the 70 year couple who were cackling with laughter next to them.
And that’s the lovely thing about this new museum, there really is something for all ages. It’s been filled with activities to keep younger visitors happy while at the same time packed full of information to keep even the most ardent of Brunel fans satisfied. Take a look at Brunel’s last photograph, play a game of Brunel top trumps, learn more about his 40-a-day cigar habit and take an immersive video trip inside his mind!
A trip to SS Great Britain is great value. You can easily spend the best part of the day there and you get free re-entry for a whole year. Keep an eye out for extra events and activities taking place over the holidays as well as late night openings and a variety of talks.
Plan your next visit on the SS Great Britain website and have a great time!
A big thank you to SS Great Britain and Bristol Bloggers for showing us around on the opening weekend tour.