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Brunel Institute at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Access the objects and expert help from one of the world's finest maritime collections. Another '101-Must-Visit' location for Bristol, especially for any of you who are researching your roots and ancestors.

More specifically, they host:

  • 6,500 maritime books, including an almost complete run of Lloyd’s Register dating back to the 1700s
  • 7,300 ship plans
  • The National Brunel Collection of objects and archive relating to the Brunel family
  • 100 ship models
  • 35,000 maritime photographic postcards
  • Diaries and personal letters relating to passengers and crew of the SS Great Britain
  • Over 50 films of historic maritime craft
  • Hundreds of works of art

Note the mixed opening hours and days before you visit.

Opening Hours

The Brunel Institute has separate opening times to Brunel's SS Great Britain:

Mon: Closed
Tue to Fri : Open 10.30am to 4.30pm
Sat: Open 10.30am to 4.30pm on the first two Saturdays of every month
Sun: Closed