M Shed

M Shed
Wapping Road
City of Bristol





0117 352 6600

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M Shed from prince Street Bridge
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M Shed is an exciting and innovative new 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.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm [closed Mondays]
Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-6pm

Admission charges


When this museum opens, part of Bristol Museums’ Designated Collections related to Bristol’s role as a manufacturing city and major seaport will be on display here.

Other parts of these collections can be seen at Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Georgian House, Red Lodge, and Blaise Castle House Museum. Please contact Bristol Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

The museums were Designated in respect of outstanding collections relating to the City of Bristol, including topographical paintings and prints, maps and archaeological collections. The collections relating to the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are particularly rich, and reflect the importance of Bristol in those centuries.

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Moved by Conflict

  • 11 October 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

Through the stories of Bristol people, this major exhibition will take you from the Bristol of the 1900s and its position in the British Empire, through the years of the ‘Great War’ and up to the present day impacts of global conflicts. It will explore the physical, social and personal changes brought about in the city on many levels.

The exhibition is part of ‘Bristol 2014’, a cultural programme marking the centenary of the start of World War 1. For more information on the programme visit www.bristol2014.com.

Presented in partnership with Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3.95 - Adult
£2.95 - concs.
Under 16s free
free repeat visits with original ticket



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Photograph of WW1 Nurses, Edith Cavell seated centre.

Research your First World War Ancestors

  • 31 January 2015 10:30am-4pm
  • 28 February 2015 10:30am-4pm

Find out how to research your family history linked to the First World War with the Bristol and Avon Family History Society.

Part of a programme of events to accompany the Moved by Conflict exhibition.


Suitable for

  • Any age


Free with ticket to Moved by Conflict (£3.95 - Adult, £2.95 - concs.)



Moved by Conflict talks

  • 28 October 2014 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Meet the curators who created Moved by Conflict and hear fascinating details about the rich stories connected to some of the most significant exhibits.

Tuesday 28 October 11am* and 2pm**
Wednesday 15 November 2pm
Thursday 22 January 2015 1.15pm and 5pm**
Saturday 21 February 2015 2pm*

* With British Sign Language interpreter.
** Described tour for visually impaired people.

Part of a programme of events to accompany the Moved by Conflict exhibition.


Free with exhibition ticket.

Described tours must be booked in advance. Call 0117 352 6600.