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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

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Accessibility

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

Catering

  • 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

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
 

Public Transport Directions

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    586
  • Very Good
    498
  • Average
    177
  • Poor
    55
  • Terrible
    34

Recent Reviews:

  • AndyNami
    Bristol
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Enjoyable!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th January 2018
    I don't normally like museums much, I tend to get bored quite quickly but I like M shed. It's very good at giving a good historical account of Bristol, it's interesting and my 7 and 13 year old... Read full review
  • Peter S
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lots to see and it’s free!
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 9th January 2018
    We enjoyed our visit to the M Shed. It covers a lot of subjects in the history of Bristol and has some interesting artefacts. If you live in Bristol, it covers the different areas of the city and you... Read full review
  • SteviePesto
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Works Christmas Do
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 8th January 2018
    The staff at the MShed were faultless, highly accommodating and made everyone feel extremely welcome. The setting of the room was first class and for a group of 50 people the food came out in a very... Read full review
Princes Wharf
Wapping Road
Bristol
BS1 4RN

Tel: +44 (0)117 352 6600

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Awards

  • 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)
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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