M Shed

M Shed from prince Street Bridge
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M Shed is an exciting and innovative 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-Sunday 10am - 5pm
Plus Mondays during Bristol school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm

Admission charges

No admission fee - donations welcome


  • National Art Pass

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.
Scouts at the Guild in the early 20th century

Brave Poor Things: Reclaiming Bristol's Disability History

  • 20 October 2017 — 15 April 2018 *on now

For nearly 100 years, the Guild for the Brave Poor Things provided a vital social and educational hub for disabled people in Bristol.

This exhibition tells the story of how founder Ada Vachell, inspired her own lived experience of disability and her passion for philanthropy, created a space where people could learn crucial skills, undertake apprenticeships, socialise and go on holiday together. Pioneering in its outlook, the Guild commissioned a new building in 1913, the first of its kind to take into consideration the needs of those with physical impairments, and which can still be seen today in Old Market.

The exhibition will also use the social and design history of the Guild as a way of looking more widely at disability in Bristol, using primary source material and oral histories.

Part of the History of Place project, which will also be running exhibitions and displays V&A and the Museum of Liverpool as well as at MShed.

Suitable for

  • Any age





M Shed
Wapping Road
City of Bristol






0117 352 6600

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