2018 prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing year for museums.

2018 prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing year for our Great Bri­tish museums. From Bath to Bris­tol and into Lon­don, there are new museums open­ing, groundbreaking exhibitions on show and ex­pe­ri­ences to ex­cite ev­ery vis­i­tor.

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The new na­tional mu­seum and vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence ex­plor­ing in­side the life and works of Isam­bard King­dom Brunel will open its doors to the pub­lic at the end of March. Called ‘ Be­ing Brunel', the new mu­seum in Bris­tol will tell the hero en­gi­neer's ex­tra­or­di­nary story through never-be­fore-seen per­sonal pos­ses­sions, as well as in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits and au­dio-vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ences. Vis­i­tors will dis­cover that Brunel was not only an out­stand­ing en­gi­neer, but an en­tre­pre­neur, a de­signer, an art lover and a show­man too. Be­ing Brunel recre­ates the in­te­ri­ors of Brunel's Lon­don of­fice and the Great Western Steamship Com­pany's Bris­tol of­fice set within the Grade II listed Dock Of­fice build­ing which has been struc­turally re­stored as part of the project. The new mu­seum will give un­prece­dented ac­cess to ob­jects from the Na­tional Brunel Col­lec­tion, cur­rently cared for at the Brunel In­sti­tute, which in­cludes over 14,000 items from the Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol Brunel Col­lec­tion, the Clive Richards Brunel Col­lec­tion and the SS Great Bri­tain Trust Col­lec­tion. Vis­i­tors will be able to com­pare their own draw­ing skills to Brunel's in a range of in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits in­clud­ing board­ing a broad gauge rail­way car­riage which sways and vi­brates as it ‘trav­els'. Once on board, pas­sen­gers can try out Brunel's rule of thumb for test­ing the even­ness of a rail­way route: sketch­ing cir­cles by hand sit­ting in a mov­ing train. There's plenty to keep young and old oc­cu­pied so book in ad­vance ss­greatbri­tain.org.

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