M Shed

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.

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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.

Nature, Camera, Action!

  • 18 July — 1 November 2015 *on now

The deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife film-makers and photographers have faced it all in pursuit of the perfect shot. Explore the challenges they face and the amazing kit they use, in this exciting exhibition for the whole family.

‘Nature, Camera, Action!’ is our flagship exhibition in support of the Green Capital programme of events. It highlights Bristol as a global centre for wildlife filmmaking within the international framework of this exhibition, developed by the BBC and the National Media Museum, Bradford.

Suitable for



Eggcam - Penguins Spy in the Huddle

Nature, Camera, Action! The Secrets of Making Incredible Wildlife Films

  • 18 July — 1 November 2015 *on now

Try to imagine the deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife filmmakers and photographers have faced it all in the pursuit of the perfect shot. This summer, let us take you and your family on an incredible journey as you discover how programmes like Frozen Planet and Deadly 60 are made.

Come and be amazed by pictures of insect wings taken in the 1840s and try to spot the cameras disguised as animals. You will see how photographers and filmmakers capture sounds and speeds beyond our human senses, and how ‘spy cams’ allow us get up close and personal with predators.

The whole family can their hands on exhibits that demonstrate the challenges wildlife filmmakers face and how they overcome them. You will be able to pick up an explorer's backpack full of tools to help discover this incredible world. You’ll also be able to pick up some simple tips and tricks to help you create amazing nature films on your own doorstep – upload them to the Nature Camera Action Flickr group and they could even feature in the exhibition!

With activities and events announced throughout the summer, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy together.

Suitable for

  • Any age



M Shed
Wapping Road
City of Bristol





0117 352 6600

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