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Princes Wharf
Wapping Road
Bristol
BS1 4RN

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Follow us _on FacebookFree entry! 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.
 
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Bristol Places
The Bristol Places gallery focuses on the physical and dynamic city – the ways that people have shaped and experienced it and continue to do so. It highlights how and why Bristol has transformed over time, how people have developed various ways in which to move around it and showcases some amazing discoveries that have been made in and around the city.

Bristol People
The Bristol People gallery explores activities past and present that make Bristol what it is – creating, trading, challenging and celebrating.

Bristol Life
The Bristol Life gallery on the First Floor explores people’s shared experiences in the city – from the momentous to the everyday, whether out on the town, attending a sports event or chatting to a neighbour.

The Working Exhibits
Some of our biggest exhibits are outside M Shed and can be seen even when the museum is closed. On most weekends, they’re brought to life for trips and visits by our fantastic team of volunteers.

Cranes
 
Cranes 

Electric cranes

Built by Stothert & Pitt in Bath, these four cranes – the biggest objects in the whole of our collections – are the last survivors of over 40 here in the City Docks during the 1950s. Cranes like these were developed to load and unload ships as quickly as possible in port.

Fairbairn Steam crane
The striking banana-shaped crane is the Fairbairn Steam crane, now the oldest surviving exhibit of its type in Britain and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Through most of its working life it had only occasional use, except for a busy period in World War 2 when it worked day and night handling assault landing craft. When the City Docks were closed the crane passed into our care.

Trains
 
 Trains 
 
 
Locomotive engineering was a vital industry in Bristol from the late 1830s to the 1950s and we have engines from each of the builders. Two of them provide the power for Bristol Harbour Railway. When they’re not working, you can see the locomotives and find out more about them in the West End Foyer of M Shed. You can also see our fleet of historic wagons in the sidings on Wapping Wharf.

Boats
 
Fire-boat Pyronaut 

Fire-boat Pyronaut
Pyronaut was a crucial part of the docks’ fire-fighting service for about 40 years. In 1940, Pyronaut was faced with her most challenging fire-fighting period, as the air raids of the Bristol Blitz damaged and destroyed countless warehouses, factories, shops and homes around the Floating Harbour.
 
John King 

John King
John King was built in 1935 to tow cargo ships from Bristol City Docks to the mouth of the River Avon. The cargo ships – carrying goods ranging from paper pulp to sherry – needed the tug boat to steer them around the dangerous bends in the river.
 
Mayflower 

Mayflower
Working exhibits - Image of the Mayflower boat sailingMayflower is a steam tug built in Bristol in 1861 – she’s believed to be the oldest surviving tug in the world. She was built to work on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and in the River Severn, and was one of three tugs ordered after trials had shown how much more efficient than horses they were; altogether they cost £3000.

Treasures in Store
L Shed, adjoining M Shed, contains thousands of items from the industrial, maritime and social history collections, including the Lord Mayor’s coach, models of ships and wheels from the Bristol Brabazon. Like all museums, Bristol has much more in its collections than can ever be displayed at any one time. You can easily visit part of those reserve collections at M Shed on guided behind the scenes tours.

M Café
M Café is located on the ground floor of M Shed and enjoys lovely views across the harbour and city. We offer a delicious range of fresh, Fairtrade and organic hot and cold food and drinks including a selection of homemade cakes, sandwiches and specials from our deli range.
 
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