Situated on the historic Harbourside, M Shed is the history museum of Bristol that tells the story of our city.
The 1950s transit shed, originally called M Shed, on Bristol’s historic wharf has been transformed into a museum. Thought-provoking and fun, M Shed challenges the perceptions of what it has meant to live here over the centuries through the recollections of the people who shaped the city.
M Shed explores the city’s history from prehistoric times to the 21st century. Stories about the city and its people have been discovered through working with experts and communities across the city – a process that will continue for the life of the museum. Rich collections of objects, art and archives also play an important part in bringing those stories to life.
There are also working exhibits on the harbourside including steamboats, trains and cranes as well as a new café that opens out onto a public square on the dockside.
M Shed is a new kind of museum, one that challenges traditional ideas. It works with the people of Bristol to create displays which make everyone want to come and see. It is a living museum, where the stories of the past spark discussions about the future.
M Shed is free to the public. Visit and you can explore over 2000 years of Bristol’s history, access over 150 restored and digitalised films and uncover Bristol’s trading past and its role in the transatlantic slave trade. Explore the city’s war-time experiences, industrial heritage and engineering history. Discover things made in Bristol from its music and art to industry and technology, see over 3000 objects from the city’s museum and archive collections including favourites from the Industrial Museum. Come and enjoy a programme of local, national and international exhibitions.
- Gift Shop
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Conference facilities
- Dogs Accepted - Guide Dogs only
- Wedding Venue
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
Map & Directions
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good397
- ElcbeeTrip Type:CouplesGood for occasional exhibitionsWednesday, 22nd February 2017Interesting exhibition on the history of Bristol with unusual artifacts. Came to see the wildlife photography exhibition. Excellent cafe, not expensive and seems to cater mainly for the gluten free... Read full review
- Mary Kathleen HTrip Type:Solo travelLots of local history.Tuesday, 21st February 2017Great place to see some of the local history in a very fun and interactive way. Has lots to see and I think it's worth having a look at what they have there. Read full review
- theroadtoparadiseScottish Highlands, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGood visitTuesday, 21st February 2017We enjoyed our visit her Very informative lovely museum Would definitely recommend you visit if you are in the area It is also free which is fantastic for families. Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 352 6600
- Bristol Tourism & Hospitality Award Large Attraction of the Year Winner 2013 2014
|Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
* Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays during Bristol school holidays: 10am-5pm.