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.

Latest news

Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, we are not taking any bookings for school and group visits right now. Instead, we are offering an online programme of webinars, assemblies and professional development for teachers. Details of our next webinars can be found here.


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.


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. It can take up to 75 people and may be used by groups from more than one school 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.


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.