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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.

Unwrap stories of Bristol’s past with a range of interactive local history sessions, including the city’s connections involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, its maritime heritage and world famous chocolate making.  Find out about wartime Bristol and discover some of the brilliant people who have helped to shape the city, including Brunel and Cabot.

Explore three public galleries, ground-breaking exhibitions, family friendly events and be amazed by the museum’s largest exhibits – the boats, cranes and trains!

M Shed is FREE to visit but groups of 10 or more people must book in advance.  More information about learning sessions, special events and charges can be found here.

Bristol YHA, is just a couple of minutes stroll along the Harbourside, convenient for residential school visits

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
•    Anglo-Saxons
•    Romans in Bristol

In addition, special offers and themed events for schools accompany temporary exhibitions and other museum projects, including the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

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.



Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking


Coach Parties Welcome, Conference Facilities, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,






Covid Review

0117 352 6600

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm


All groups of 10 or more people must book in advance.
School workshops range from £3-£6 per child depending on length of session and resources required. Accompanying adults are free.  Most school workshops recommend a ratio of 1 adult for every 6 children.

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


Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

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