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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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  • Lots to see and do in this museum. And the best thing about it is that it's free. Great day out for the kids to see some British history.  more »
  • Just fantastic! Everything you need to know about Bristol is here. Perfect for any age group as there is something for everyone - and it's free! We have been a few times now and find something of inte...  more »
  • M shed is a brilliant day out. Great for families, interesting lots to see and do. Nice seating area outside, cafe very expensive.  more »
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  • The M Shed is another fantastic free museum showcasing a fascinating collection of Bristol memorabilia. My young daughter loves it there. It is a great way to invest a couple of hours of time if you are visiting the city centre. The cafe is spacious and has some good items on the menu, and the views from the cafe across the waterfront are beautiful.
  • Visited the Wildlife Photography Exhibition 2017. Worth a visit. M Shed is also a lovely building and Bristol museum hosing the people and places of Bristol. Take a walk outside on the top floor balcony. Stunning views of Bristol near and far. Fantastic view and feel of the steam from the steam train.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting, good review of Bristol's history. Nice cafe. Enjoy a lovely walk along the harbourside as well. A very good afternoon out.
  • It is entertaining for all ages and it is free. What's not to like. Great way to break up a harbour side walk

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Providing a convenient base from which to explore the West Country, Bristol offers relatively inexpensive lodging options, including boutique hotels, small B&Bs, and trendy self-catering apartments. Consider staying in the old town center, conveniently located close to Bristol's main road and rail networks. Options here range from modern hotels to vintage guesthouses, often featuring sunny courtyards.
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