In line with Government guidance, M Shed, Bristol Archives and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery are closed to support the fight against COVID-19. We will review our reopening plans in February.
We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back. In the meantime, there’s a few different ways to experience the museums and archives at home.
From online talks to study days and exhibitions – we hope to inspire you and brighten up the winter months with fun activities and amazing collections.
Free online talks
Our online events are proving very popular with audiences from both home and abroad. Take a look at what’s coming up next:
- 16 Nov—7 Dec: Archaeological study sessions: The Valley of the Kings
- 19 Nov: Japanese netsuke carvings
- 19 Nov: Witnessing the war: The Bristol Blitz
- 2 Dec: Archaeology café: The myth of Telephus
- 3 Dec: A thousand miles up the Nile – The life and work of Amelia Edwards
- 8 Dec: Wildlife Photographer of the Year: In conversation with the Chair of the Jury
- 9 Dec: Archaeology online: William Butler and the Coal-Tar Distillery at Crew’s Hole
- 10 Dec: Winter Lecture: Wildlife in the Warzone
- 14 Dec: Black voices from Bristol’s past
- 17 Dec: The wicked girls of Red Lodge
- 17 Dec: Excavating the archives at Kings Weston Roman Villa
- 14 Jan: Winter Lecture: Pre-Raphaelites – dreaming of a medieval past
Stay up to date with our blog
Uncover Bristol’s stories
Explore stories about Bristol and the world through the city’s objects, art and people. There’s plenty to get stuck into – from Banksy to Bristol’s Black History. Have a read of some of Bristol’s stories.
Enjoy online exhibitions
You can experience some of our most recent exhibitions from the comfort of your own sofa – from beautiful Japanese Prints to Bristol’s amazing music heritage.
In need of ideas for Christmas? We sell lots of lovely things that you can’t buy anywhere else, inspired by our world class collections, exhibitions and the incredible city we’re in.
We’re still fulfilling online orders while adhering to strict social distancing guidelines. Browse the online shop for museum goodies and souvenirs.
Exploring our collections
Our first collections were brought together more than 200 years ago and we’ve been adding to them ever since. From art to archaeology, history to industry, the natural and the wider world, they are amongst the UK’s finest with many recognised as nationally and internationally important. You can search our collections online.
If you’re particularly interested in art then check out Art UK. It’s the online home for every public art collection in the UK, including ours.
Accessing Bristol’s archives
Bristol Archives holds almost two million documents which record the history of the city and the surrounding area from the 12th century to the present day. These include minutes, accounts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs and films created by many types of organisations and people.
- Access maps and images from our collections on the Know Your Place website.
- View thousands of images in photographic collections on our online catalogue.
- Access records of Bristol births, marriages and deaths from Anglican and non-conformist / Catholic parish registers (paid subscription needed)
Highlights from the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection
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 some of the vast collection.
Take a look at some of the latest projects we’ve been working on and some of the stories we’ve been able to document through the blog. You can also now browse the collection with our new online catalogue.
Share your wildlife sightings
Have you noticed more wildlife in your area? BRERC collects, manages and distributes biodiversity data for the west of England. You can submit your own wildlife sightings through their website and find out about the species in your area. It’s super easy and you don’t have to be an expert at all!
Your donations make a difference
We rely on ticket sales, venue hire and purchases in our shop and cafe for 41% of our income. None of this is possible while our doors are closed due to Covid-19. That’s why donations to our charity, Bristol Museums Development Trust, are more important than ever.
Please consider making a donation today. As always, thank you for your support.