M Shed has re-opened, subject to Government guidelines. Please check directly on their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates.
Situated on the historic Harbourside, M Shed is the history museum of Bristol that tells the story of our city.
Learn about Bristol's history
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.
Free day out for everyone
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.
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The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.
Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit
- Bristol Tourism & Hospitality Award Large Attraction of the Year Winner 2013 2014
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2021
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- Gift Shop
- 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
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2021
- Very Good652
- daniokoGreater London, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawaySack the Curatorial teamSaturday, 25th September 2021With a academic and personal interest in history I’d like to think I’m an avid visitor of museums. Having been to thousands of museums of all types over the years I’ve seen my fat share of weird... Read full review
- thomsonclan6Inverness, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayDefinitely don’t miss- thoroughly enjoyed visitSaturday, 2nd October 2021This is a modern people’s museum. It gives a real feel of Bristol and its communities. Arranged in sectors rather than in traditional chronological order, it’s fascinating and entertaining. A good... Read full review
- BrizzleJenBristol, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayAbsolutely fascinatingTuesday, 12th October 2021My lovely friend surprised me today by booking us both on a tour behind the scenes at the M Shed. It. Was. Fascinating. From the mock cockpit of Concorde, used to plan and modify the final design, to... Read full review