M Shed

Learn about Bristol’s place in the world at this vibrant Harbourside museum.  From Banksy and Aardman to Fry’s Chocolate and Concorde the local history of Bristol is told through the stories of those who have lived, worked and shaped the city as you see it today.

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    Learn about Bristol’s place in the world at this vibrant Harbourside museum, from Banksy and Aardman to Fry’s Chocolate and Concorde. Unwrap stories of Bristol’s past with a range of interactive local history sessions, including; the city’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade, its maritime heritage and world famous chocolate making.  Find out about Bristol at War and discover some of the brilliant people who have helped to shape the city, including Brunel and Cabot.

    Explore three public galleries, groundbreaking exhibitions, family friendly events and be amazed by the museum’s largest exhibits - the boats, cranes and trains.

    Free museum entry. Groups must book in advance.  See website for learning sessions, special events and charges.

    Bristol YHA, is just a couple of minutes stroll along the harbourside, convenient for school residentials. In-school activities such as assembly are also offered for local schools, along with classroom teaching resources and CPD choices.

    The following workshops are available throughout the academic year.

    •    Discover Chocolate
    •    Bristol at War
    •    Significant Bristol People
    •    Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
    •    Bristol through Time

    In addition, special school offers and themed events are introduced to accompany temporary exhibitions and other museum projects, including the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

    Coach and adult educational groups are most welcome. M Shed can tailor itineraries to meet your group travel needs. From behind the scenes tours of L Shed and meet the curator experiences to special gallery talks and reserved tables in the café – we can tailor the offer to meet your needs.

    The conference suite on the second floor, offers one of the best views in Bristol with panoramic views across the historic harbourside.

    Pricing Information

    A group of 10+ must book in advance. 1 in 10 adults go free to exhibitions.  £35 set fee for independent school group visits to exhibitions

    School workshops range from £3-£6 per child depending on length of session and resources required. Accompanying adults are free.  Most school workshops require a ratio of 1 adult for every 6 children.

    See the website for latest learning sessions and charges. Groups must book in advance.

    Opening Times

    Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm


    Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

  • Facilities
    • Disabled Access
    • Facilities for Visually Impaired
    • Disabled Toilets
    • Guide Dogs Welcome
    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired
    • On Site Parking
    Attraction: Facilities
    • Cafe
    • Toilets
    • Picnic Site
    • Shop
    • Conference Facilities
    • Pre visit Available
    • Risk Assessment Available


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