M Shed

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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 the Bristol Bus Boycott, 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.

Investigate stories of Bristol’s past with a range of interactive local history sessions, including the city’s involvement in transatlantic slavery, 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 Hannah More and Paul Stephenson.

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.

The following workshops are available to schools throughout the academic year.

  • Discover Chocolate
  • Brilliant Bristolians
  • Bristol at War
  • Ships and Sailors
  • Bristol and the Transatlantic Traffic in Enslaved Africans

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

Coach and adult educational groups are also most welcome. From ‘behind the scenes’ tours of M 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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