M Shed

Situated on the historic Harbourside, M Shed is the much anticipated and exciting new history museum of Bristol that tells the story of our city.

The 1950s transit shed, originally called M Shed, on Bristol’s historic wharf has been transformed into a brand new museum. Thought-provoking and fun, M Shed challenges the perceptions of what it has meant to live here over the centuries through the recollections of the people who shaped the city.

M Shed explores the city’s history from prehistoric times to the 21st century. Stories about the city and its people have been discovered through working with experts and communities across the city – a process that will continue for the life of the museum. Rich collections of objects, art and archives also play an important part in bringing those stories to life.

There are also be working exhibits on the harbourside including steamboats, trains and cranes as well as a new café that opens out onto a public square on the dockside.

M Shed is a new kind of museum, one that challenges traditional ideas. It works with the people of Bristol to create displays which make everyone want to come and see. It is a living museum, where the stories of the past spark discussions about the future.

M Shed is free to the public. Visit and you can: explore over 2000 years of Bristol’s history; access over 150 restored and digitalised films; uncover Bristol’s trading past and its role in the transatlantic slave trade; explore the city’s war-time experiences, industrial heritage and engineering history; discover things made in Bristol from its music and art to industry and technology; see over 3000 objects from the city’s museum and archive collections including favourites from the Industrial Museum; enjoy a programme of local, national and international exhibitions.


We will not be issuing timed tickets this weekend, but as a new museum, we expect to be very busy. Due to the limited capacity of the building we have a maximum number of visitors we can allow in museum at any one time and there may be queues as a result. We thank you in advance for your patience.

We have extended opening hours at the weekend [10am-6pm]which will help accommodate more visitors and have quieter times during our weekday opening Tue-Fri 10am-5pm
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