British Empire and Commonwealth Museum

British Empire and Commonwealth Museum
Station Approach
Temple Meads
City of Bristol



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An internationally acclaimed National Museum presenting the dramatic 500-year history of the rise and fall of the British Empire and the emergence of the modern Commonwealth. The museum in in the process of moving to London.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Closed, pending relocation to London

Established in 1991 to preserve, explore and interpret the history and heritage of the British empire and Commonwealth from the late 15th century to the present day, the Museum aims to stress the ways in which the legacy of Empire and the living relationship with the Commonwealth continue to influence both today’s multicultural Britain and the Commonwealth countries.
The first collections were received in 1993. The Museum’s holdings currently total more than 75,000 items including large photographic, oral history, document and costume collections, which are complemented by the steadily growing collection of moving images dating from the 1920’s onwards, reflecting the lives of indigenous peoples, settlers and colonial administrators

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Personalities, Social History, Sport, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Using a lively mix of authentic objects and beautiful costumes, rare film, photographs and sound recordings visitors will discover the true story behind Britain's incredible empire.<P>
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Education Programme

The Award-winning education programme includes everhything from storytelling and hands-on workshops to role-play and recording sessions in our professional radio studio.


  • Education Team

How to obtain

call: 0117 925 4980
The British Empire & Commonwelth Museum
Bristol, BS1 6QH
Group Rate £2.75 per pupil