M Shed

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Wapping Road
City of Bristol

M Shed is an exciting and innovative museum for Bristol that tells the story of our city. Located on the historic dockside, Bristol’s flagship museum has been designed to retain the character of the former 1950s transit shed. Three galleries reveal the fascinating story of the city and its unique place in the world. From prehistoric times to the present day, explore the history of Bristol through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today. See amazing film and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects and add your own memories of the city through the many interactive displays. M Shed is a living museum, where stories of the past will spark discussions about the future- where YOU can contribute to the changing story of the city.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm Plus Mondays during Bristol school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm


No admission fee - donations welcome


  • National Art Pass

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Buggy parking facilities
  • Breastfeeding facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Meeting room available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Conference facilities available
  • Studio/working space available
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Public car park
  • Education facilities available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups


  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Public access to stores available
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Touch exhibits
  • Sign language interpretation available
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Handling sessions
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Braille information and/or interpretation
  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Online shop
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Information point provided
  • Guided tours
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Primary school education service available
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Early years education service available

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