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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. Put M Shed on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bristol online travel planner .
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  • Anything that is free is worth a look - the suggested £5 donation is worth it( if you bother ) - and you'll realise just how important Bristol is and has been in the history of England. Not ashamed/ e...  more »
  • I found the external part of the building very interesting, but was disappointed with the content of the museum, as it felt very muddled in its approach.  more »
  • The M Shed museum allows you to see pretty intersting things, especially about the story of Bristol’s city. This museum is really fun, there’s many playful activities to do. You can see, touch, smell ...  more »
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  • One of the best in GB. Very good variety of exhibitions. Cranes and steam train outside in spring /summer. Easy to lose 2 hours there. Big clean loos and lockers. Brilliant staff and lots of seats. Bit confused at lack of history about carribeon contribution but whole wall given over too Somalia.
  • It's a fascinating place with lots of interactive things for the kids and plenty of material to read for all. The history of Bristol is very interesting and to break it up into the various neighbourhoods / areas is a very good way of doing it. Having been several times there is always something I learn having missed it before. Whilst they haven't updated the main body of the M Shed material (it's a free museum) the upstairs space does play host to exhibitions (at a small charge).
  • First visit to Bristol. Found the M shed to be a vibrant and enjoyable way to learn about the city, its history, areas and also its future which i found novel. Certainly this isn't a stuffy or formalised museum. My kids absolutely loved the travelling display of skeletons and the interactive learning experience. The best bit of science they've done in ages. Around the M shed are plenty of other activities so i would definitely recommend a visit.
  • Staff at counter very helpful and friendly. General exhibitions were interesting with lots of interactive displays. The wildlife photographer of the year that was on during our visit was excellent. The photos were brilliantly displayed with eye-opening information and stunning images.
  • A really interesting look into the life of Bristol. It's not a large museum, but has a really good range of things and is still laid out. Out front wasa steam train that I believe went between the museum and the SS Great Britain. It was busy when we were there, but it was during the school holidays so lots of children!
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