This is somewhere we've been planning to go to for a while, but just haven't got around to it. The easiest way to travel into Bristol is by bus, but it's no fun if the weather is bad, so we haven't been into the city for a little while now. Hopefully, this is the first of many sunnier jaunts! Although it's a great indoor activity, MShed has some outside exhibits, so it does help to have the weather on your side. There are a wealth of hands-on exhibits within, though, and something to interest everybody. This place really brings local history to life.
|Model boats in the windows looked like they were floating on the harbour outside!|
|Aerospace engineering is a big part of Bristol, along with air balloons!|
Probably the best thing about the museum is the vast amount of genuine exhibits; such as bomb shelters, a working traffic light and a full-size double decker bus! Also, one of the famous 'Bristol Nails' where traders used to strike deals for their cargo way back in olden times. Outside, there are even bigger exhibits, including cranes and two working steam trains dating back to 1917!
The museum focusses on important aspects of Bristol's history, filed in sections, called Places, People and Life. It covers lots of different aspects, such as the slave trade, protests, industry, war and important people in the city. The Life Gallery also features stories from genuine Bristol residents. Throughout the museum, there are interactive exhibits and displays of artefacts too.
One of the loveliest features of M Shed was that it didn't just focus on the past, or the usual city centre aspects of Bristol, there was room for all its eclectic and unique surburbs. The museum guide told me that lots of the Bristol surburbs had been asked to submit photos of what they felt was best about their area and these had been made into free postcards for the museum visitors. What a lovely way to celebrate the beauty of the wider Bristol community. This is a short post about our visit to M shed as we didn't have very long to look around. We really wished we could have stayed longer, though, and plan to return for a longer visit very soon.
Have a look at our other Bristol attractions for children!