M Shed is an exciting and innovative museum for Bristol that tells the story of the 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 objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today. See amazing films 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. Take a ride on the museum's largest exhibits: the trains, cranes and boats situated on the quayside. M Shed is a living museum where stories of the past will spark discussions about the future.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Tue-Sun 10-5. Also open Mon BHs and Bristol school hols. Closed 25-26 Dec
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About The area
The Anglo-Saxon settlement at Bristol grew up around the bridge and harbour on the River Avon. With access to the sea, it increased in importance. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose London—Bristol railway line terminated in his gothic-style station of Temple Meads, had long been involved with Bristol. He had remodelled the docks in 1830, and six years later designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the 250-foot (76m) deep Avon Gorge.
During the bombing raids of World War II many churches and historic houses were lost. Fortunately, the finest parish church in England, St Mary Redcliffe, with its 292-foot (89m) spire, survived, although traffic now swirls all around it. Bristol Cathedral was founded as an Augustinian abbey in the 1140s and became a cathedral in1542. The Norman chapter house is particularly fine. There is almost too much to see in Bristol: other gems include Wills Tower, John Wood’s Corn Exchange, the Coopers’ Hall by William Halfpenny, the Grotto at Goldney House in Clifton, the long south façade of Ashton Court, and the Christmas Steps (off the beginning of Park Road).
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