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M Shed


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

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Key Features

  • 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

Establishment Features

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

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

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • roduitaudrey29
    Canton of Valais, Switzerland
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    "M Shed Museum"
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th March 2018
    The M Shed Museum has so many things to learn about. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys history. On the other hand I don't think this museum is suitable for children of young age because... Read full review
  • Annie-Hart
    Lee on the Solent
    Trip Type:
    Layout could be better
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th March 2018
    bit disappointed in here, the layout of the history of Bristol didn't flow very well and the exhibition of the wildlife photography was expensive at £6 each. Had hoped for more art than museum and it... Read full review
  • 307LindyLou307
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    M Shed
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 16th March 2018
    Only had time to visit one of the galleries, but we found it to be a fascinating insight into areas of Bristol. Some interactive exhibits, but some of these were not working. Free entry to the main... Read full review
Princes Wharf
Wapping Road

Tel: +44 (0)117 352 6600

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

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* 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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Saturday, 21st October 2017 - Sunday, 8th April 2018

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at M Shed
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th April 2018

Brave Poor Things: Reclaiming Bristol's Disability History at M Shed

Brave Poor Things: Reclaiming Bristol's Disability History at M Shed
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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018 - Sunday, 30th December 2018

Behind the Scenes Tours at M Shed
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Saturday, 19th May 2018 - Sunday, 23rd September 2018

Bristol Music at M Shed
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Thursday, 5th April 2018 - Thursday, 5th April 2018

Thursday, 3rd May 2018 - Thursday, 3rd May 2018

Thursday, 7th June 2018 - Thursday, 7th June 2018

Thursday, 5th July 2018 - Thursday, 5th July 2018

Thursday, 2nd August 2018 - Thursday, 2nd August 2018

Thursday, 6th September 2018 - Thursday, 6th September 2018

Historical Walk: Ashton Gatehouse from M Shed
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Thursday, 12th April 2018 - Thursday, 12th April 2018

Digital Gaggle Conference at M Shed
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Saturday, 21st April 2018 - Sunday, 22nd April 2018

Bristol Holistic Festival: Bristol's Health & Well-Being Show at MShedBristol Holistic Festival at MShed
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Saturday, 19th May 2018 - Sunday, 23rd September 2018

Bristol Music at M Shed
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