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“Excellen Value for Children and Adults Alike”
Review of M Shed

M Shed
Ranked #30 of 218 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: See amazing film and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects and add your own memories of Bristol through the interactive displays. From prehistoric times to the present day, M Shed tells the story of the city and its unique place in the world.
Reviewed June 8, 2013

This is a relatively small museum on the city quayside and has a wide variety of exhibits of social industrial and trade history connected with Bristol. Admission is free but they like a donation if you enjoy the trip. There is a cafe which I liked by my wife didn't!
Subjects as diverse as The Slave Trade, The Chocolate Industry, Bristol Buses and trades Union history are covered in a way which makes them interesting and accessible to children. We took a 7 year old French girl for a tour and she was fascinated. They also do "behind the scenes" escorted tours from time to time which are even better. Ask at the information desk if there is one available on the day of you visit. Outside is the quayside with historic ships, the historic steam crane which you can sometimes visit and the steam railway which operates from time to time in the holidays. You can walk down the quayside to the SS Great Britain once you are done here. Finally there is a good value car park just a dozen steps away!
Make sure you visit this more than once

1  Thank Meharibear
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"double decker bus"
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"free museum"
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"bristol life"
in 28 reviews
"modern museum"
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"wildlife photography"
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"slave trade"
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"bristol's history"
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"great museum"
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"local history"
in 32 reviews
"all ages"
in 78 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 29 reviews
"on display"
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"different areas"
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"behind the scenes"
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"steam train"
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"couple of hours"
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"nice cafe"
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

This is a really interesting place....whatever your age there will be things to interest you. I really liked the fact that it wasn't just about the old history of Bristol but there were up to date 'postcards' from people living in the city now. Such helpful and informed staff too. My husband is interested in maps and there is a glorious huge map of Bristol to walk all over.Best is the view from the roof top across the harbour and city.

1  Thank Kathryn O
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Lots of interesting facts about Bristol and good displays. The 'chocolate' exhibition was on when we went and it was very good. Make sure you visit this great little museum.

1  Thank Ian B
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

I went with my 7 Year old Grandson who is bright for his age and interested in most things, but apart from going on the old bus and interacting with a few things he very quickly became bored.

There is plenty of paintings and maps and graphs of past Bristol and a few old bikes and a replica bomb shelter but nothing really to keep children amused, I even became a bit bored, there is not enough exhibits or anything really interesting to keep you there for any great length of time.
On a positive it is free.

1  Thank kevin m
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This is a free museum on Bristol life, so is of great interest to anyone who has an interest in Bristol. Although there is a lot of social history that is relevant to any English city. It is well designed for both adults and children with lots of digital displays. There is everything from a Bristol double decker bus to a collection of milk bottles. It is arranged over 2 floors, accessed by stairs or lift. There is plenty of room for wheelchair users.
Upstairs is an exhibition area, on my visit it was chocolate, both Cadbury and Fry made chocolate in Bristol. Although you do have to pay to enter this area. On the ground floor is a nice cafe, good toilets and a 1st Aid room.

1  Thank Rickybear
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