Bristol’s free museums, galleries and archives

Visitor information

In line with Government guidance, all our venues are currently closed to support the fight against COVID-19. 

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back once lockdown measures are eased. In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to get your culture fix from home!

Check out our Stay Connected blog for inspiration.

What’s on

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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.

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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.

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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