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M Shed, Bristol

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Located on the docks beside the floating harbor, M Shed tells the story of the historic city of Bristol. Situated in a converted transit shed, the museum reveals the city's character through a combination of media in three different galleries. The museum's exhibits combine video, photography, interactive features, and displays of over 3,000 artifacts. With exhibits ranging from the prehistoric era to the city's involvement in slave trading to modern-day Bristol, you get a genuine feel for this important port city. For an unobstructed view of the rivers and canals, head to the top floor and enjoy the vista. Make M Shed a centerpiece of your Bristol vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bristol vacation builder.
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  • We called in expecting to stay a few minutes and stayed for a couple of hours. Wonderfully curated, you can just glance at the exhibits (grouped in themes about way of life or people) or find out more...  more »
  • We were visiting friends in Bristol and they took us to the M Shed. What a brilliant experience. We really enjoyed it. It's a great place to visit!  more »
  • Well displayed illustrated stories about Bristolians plus currently a wonderful special collection of ancient skeletons from London & the environs of Bristol. Well stocked shop and really informative ...  more »
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  • Fabulous half day exploring, with a wrist band we could have come back but sadly had other places to visit too. We will definitely re-visit as there is plenty more to see and do. Two of the highlights for us were the robot session - children could interact and engage at various levels. I won't post any spoilers! And also the planetarium. All of the exhibits we saw were interactive and fantastically fun to do. As a thank you for opting for gift aid, we were given a voucher to spend in the shop or cafe, we exchanged ours for coffee and drinks. Would definitely recommend.
  • This is such a great museum! It has a wonderful exhibition about Bristol, as well as great temporary exhibits. You could pop in for ten minutes, or spend an afternoon there. The gift shop is also great! Lovely cards, mugs and toys.
  • Lots of good stuff. An eclectic mix of exhibitions. A great view over Bristol harbour from the upper floors. And entry to the main museum is free! Although donation is appreciated.
  • A fascinating journey into everything that makes Bristol, well, Bristol! Covering a variety of topics from the industrial history of the city to demographics and ethnic groups M-Shed offers a masterclass on the culture and history of Bristol. Set in one of the premier historical districts of Bristol, the Harbourside, M-Shed is an excellent start to any exploration of Bristol. Admission is free, with an optional donation, although some time-limited exhibitions do incur a small fee.
  • Good to spend an hour or two. The interactive displays are really interesting and are nice in the way you can have your say. There is a lot of stuff to do, so I suggest setting aside some time to do this if you really want to do it, instead of having an OK experience just skimming the top of it waiting for a nearby restaurant.