M Shed

M Shed information

Bristol , United Kingdom
Address
Street Princes Wharf
More information
www.mshed.org
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

It's taken four years and £27m to build, but Bristol's brand-new museum is finally open – and it's really rather brilliant. Lodged in a massive old warehouse overlooking the docks, it's a treasure trove of weird-and-wonderful memorabilia rummaging through the city's past. The 3000-odd exhibits are divided into three sections (People, Place and Life), and provide a panoramic overview of Bristol's history – from slaves' possessions and vintage double-decker buses to Wallace and Gromit figurines and a set of bright-pink decks once used by Massive Attack. Multimedia displays and background panels make everything enormously accessible, and you're absolutely guaranteed to walk away with a deepened understanding of the city. Best of all, it's free – although well worth the £2 suggested donation.