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M Shed, Bristol

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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. Put M Shed on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bristol online travel planner.
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  • Mshed, the most important Bristol's museum, where you can discover the history of the city and see a jumble of things in no particular order concerning Bristol.  more »
  • This museum could be amazing, however they've gone overboard. There's no structure to the rooms, with no guidance for your eyes. The exhibits are not in chronological order, and the themes blend into....  more »
  • Free entrance but you need to book online in advance or take your chance, like we did, & turn up on speck & see if they can fit you in. Excellent museum, a fascinating history of Bristol that’s...  more »
  • If you do not know anything about the city and you want to learn more, this is the best place. It maybe useful if you knew the area, as we were left scratching our heads from time to time. My 11yo loved it. Very interactive.
  • Really good way to get to know Bristol, past and present. Good to see the darker history of Bristol - slavery - exhibited not hidden. Lots of interactive exhibits, good for both children and adults. Free to public, including visitors to area - donations welcomed. Good, reasonably priced gift shop and cafes.
  • They have done some excellent work recently on new and updated exhibits, in addition to the stalwarts, the Bristol bus and Douglas motorcycle. What made this visit was the Aardman Animation exhibition, this is charged at a very affordable £6 for adults. It is amazing to see the attention to detail and the effort required to make their latest film, Early Man.
  • An excellent local museum which is both interactive and engaging. Very interesting displays about the origins of the city and more recent information neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Plenty of information about maritime heritage, slavery, manufacturing and the arts. A great place for all ages in any weather.
  • Plenty of Bristol History in this wonderful museum on the Bristol Harbour. There are stunning views from the upstairs balcony also, so on a nice day,you could stand there and take in the beautiful views and watch the boats go along the harbour. Lots of things to see and do here, for any age. It is nice to see so much of Bristol's history here, and not just for people who are visitors of our lovely Brizzle, but also for the people who live here. Its lovely to have a museum with so much local history. In the top floor there is a changeable exhibit, which is usually chargeable. There are toilets and a cafe here.

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