Planning your school or group visit

M Shed’s three galleries reveal the fascinating story of the city and its unique place in the world. From prehistoric times to the present day, explore the history of Bristol through the objects and stories of the people who made the city what it is today.

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We have received a very large number of requests from schools and groups to visit either Bristol Museum & Art Gallery or M Shed during Terms 1 and 2. We are dealing with these as quickly as possible, however, due to very limited capacity because of the on-going pandemic, we may not be able to offer everyone a visit slot.

We will send instructions for your visit and a Covid-19 Risk Assessment with your booking confirmation – please read all of this carefully and make sure everyone in your group is aware of the safety information.

ALL groups of 10 or more need to book a visit to our museums in advance through the Learning team. Please DO NOT try and book groups through the general visitor online tickets, as these will be cancelled. Do remember to bring a copy of your booking confirmation with you when you visit.

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Group visits

Contact us to book your visit – simply fill in our enquiry form below. All group visits of 10+ people must be booked in advance. This applies to both independent visits and paid or facilitated sessions.

Getting here

Find information on how to get to M Shed and coach drop-off points in our Getting here section.

Adult helpers

Please bring at least one adult for every six Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils or one adult for every 15 Key Stage 3 pupils. Pupils should be supervised at all times throughout your visit including visits to the toilet.

Access

There is a level entrance at both the front and back of M Shed and three wheelchair accessible lifts to all floors.

There are accessible toilets on all floors (some with right hand and some with left hand transfer) and an adult changing bed with a hoist.

There is a Loop system at Reception. You can find out more about accessibility in our Facilities section.

Eating at the museum

The only space in the museum where groups can eat and drink is in our lunch room. There’s room for one group of up to 40 children and adults at a time. Free use is included if you have booked a museum-led session on your visit. If you’re making an independent visit, contact us to book this space (subject to availability) for only £1 per pupil.

On arrival

Our Visitor Services staff will show you where you can leave coats and bags. If you’ve booked one of our sessions, a Museum Educator will meet you.

You are welcome to take photographs. We’d love you to share pictures of your school trip with us on social media.

Cancellations

Should you need to cancel or make changes to a school booking please refer to our help page, under cancellations and refunds. 

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Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.