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M Shed

About

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.

Extras

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted - Guide Dogs only
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • 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

Road Directions

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Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    703
  • Very Good
    578
  • Average
    213
  • Poor
    61
  • Terrible
    35

Recent Reviews:

  • LauraDaveJames
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Chose the Wrong Day
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th February 2019
    This museum is free to enter. We visited on a Saturday afternoon, which was possibly a mistake as it was very crowded with lots of excited children. We briefly viewed an exhibition on slavery which... Read full review
  • Lindylou146
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Disappointing again!
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th February 2019
    We haven’t visited M Shed for sometime because we were disappointed in it last time. Nothing much has changed, but of course it was very busy due to half term and lots of children were running round... Read full review
  • Nicole S
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Worth the visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 19th February 2019
    Stopped for a look as our daughter hadn't been for a while and said that we would like it. Lots of things to look at which we found interesting, more so if you live in Bristol and want to discover... Read full review
Princes Wharf
Wapping Road
Bristol
BS1 4RN

Tel: +44 (0)117 352 6600

Awards

  • Bristol Tourism & Hospitality AwardLarge Attraction of the Year Winner 2013 Large Attraction of the Year Winner 2013 2014

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday10:0017:00*
Wednesday10:0017:00*
Thursday10:0017:00*
Friday10:0017:00*
Saturday10:0017:00*
Sunday10:0017:00*

* Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays during Bristol school holidays: 10am-5pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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