Bristol’s free museums, galleries and archives

Visitor information

We are getting ready to reopen!

  • Bristol Archives will reopen on 17 May
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will reopen on 18 May
  • M Shed will reopen on 28 May

Pre-booking is now open for Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back.

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Bristol's stories

From Black history to Banksy, explore stories about Bristol and the world through the city’s objects, art and people.

See our stories

Explore our collections

Our first collections were brought together more than 200 years ago and we’ve been adding ot them ever since. From art to archaeology, history to industry, the natural and wider world, they are amongst the UK’s finest.

In 2012, the collections of the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum were transferred to the care of Bristol Museums. Since then, we’ve been working to photograph and digitise the vast collection.

Explore our extensive museum collections

Browse our nationally and internationally important collections.

Visit our collection search

Search the collections at Bristol Archives

Discover the archives of the city of Bristol and surrounding areas.

Visit our online catalogue

British Empire & Commonwealth Collection

Photographs, films, personal papers, sound recordings and objects.

View the collection

Exhibitions online

Never miss an exhibition again! Catch up on past exhibitions and displays at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed.

Browse our exhibitions